Representations of Kauffman bracket skein algebras of a surface

Representations of Kauffman bracket skein algebras of a surface

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Helen Wong, Carleton University/IAS
Fine Hall 314

The definition of the Kauffman bracket skein algebra of an oriented surface was originally motivated by Witten's topological quantum field theory interpretation of the Jones polynomial for knots.  But the skein algebra is also closely related to the SL(2, C)-character variety of the surface, which contains Teichmuller space as a real subvariety.  We'll discuss recent methods for constructing finite-dimensional representations of the skein algebra, and their role in bridging quantum topology and geometric topology.