Classification of n-component links with Khovanov homology of rank 2^n

Classification of n-component links with Khovanov homology of rank 2^n

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Boyu Zhang, Princeton University
Fine Hall 314

Suppose L is a link with n components and the rank of Kh(L;Z/2) is 2^n, we show that L can be obtained by disjoint unions and connected sums of Hopf links and unknots. This result gives a positive answer to a question asked by Batson-Seed, and generalizes the unlink detection theorem of Khovanov homology by Hedden-Ni and Batson-Seed. The proof relies on a new excision formula for Kronheimer and Mrowka's singular instanton Floer homology.

This is joint work with Yi Xie.