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Dan Rutherford : Generating families and invariants of Legendrian knots

Legendrian knots in standard contact R3 have in addition to their topological knot type two classical invariants known as the Thurston-Bennequin and rotation numbers. Over the past decade several invariants have been developed which are capable of distinguishing between knots with identical classical invariants. The purpose of this talk is to describe interesting relationships between some of these new invariants. Major players in this talk are the Chekanov-Eliashberg DGA (Legendrian contact homology) and related objects, as well as combinatorial structures on front diagrams and homological invariants arising from the theory of generating families (due to Chekanov-Pushkar, Fuchs, and Traynor). The main new result (joint with Fuchs) is that, when a Legendrian knot is defined by a generating family, homology groups obtained by linearizing the Chekanov-Eliashberg DGA are isomorphic to the homology of a pair of spaces associated with the generating family.

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