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The Apolynomial has ones in the corners. D. Cooper D.D. Long \Lambda

Summary: The A­polynomial has ones in the corners.
D. Cooper D.D. Long \Lambda
1 Definition of the A­polynomial.
The A­polynomial was introduced in [3] and we present an alternative equivalent
definition here. Let M be a compact 3­manifold with boundary a torus T: Pick a
basis –; ¯ of ß 1 T which we will refer to as the longitude and meridian. Consider the
subset R U of the affine algebraic variety R = Hom(ß 1 M;SL 2 C) having the property
that ae(–) and ae(¯) are upper triangular. This is an algebraic subset of R since one
just adds equations stating that the bottom left entries in certain matrices are zero.
There is a well­defined eigenvalue map
¸ j (¸ – \Theta ¸ ¯ ) : R U \Gamma! C 2
given by taking the top left entries of ae(–) and ae(¯): Thus the closure of the image
¸(C) of an algebraic component C of R U is an algebraic subset of C 2 : In the case that
the image closure is a curve, there is a polynomial, unique up to constant multiples,
which defines this curve [6] (1.13). The product over all components of R U having
this property of the defining polynomials for these curves is the A­polynomial. It is
shown in [3] that the constant multiple may be chosen so that the coefficients are
integers. The additional requirement that there is no integer factor of the result
means that the A­polynomial is defined up to sign.
The main new result in this paper is that the coefficients of the A­polynomial


Source: Akhmedov, Azer - Department of Mathematics, University of California at Santa Barbara


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