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Braids and the Jones polynomial

Authors: John Franks and R. F. Williams
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 303 (1987), 97-108
MSC: Primary 57M25
MathSciNet review: 896009
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Abstract: An important new invariant of knots and links is the Jones polynomial, and the subsequent generalized Jones polynomial or two-variable polynomial. We prove inequalities relating the number of strands and the crossing number of a braid with the exponents of the variables in the generalized Jones polynomial which is associated to the link formed from the braid by connecting the bottom ends to the top ends. We also relate an exponent in the polynomial to the number of components of this link.

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