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# Skein traces and curve counting

## October 8, 2024 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

**Geometry and Quantum Theory Seminar**

**Speaker:** Sunghyuk Park, Harvard CMSA

**Title:** Skein traces and curve counting

**Abstract:** Skein modules are vector space-valued invariants of 3-manifolds describing the space of line defects modulo skein relations (determined by a choice of a ribbon category). When the 3-manifold is S x I for some surface S, the skein module has a natural algebra structure and is called the skein algebra of S.

In 2010, Bonahon and Wong constructed an algebra embedding (named “quantum trace”) of the sl_2 skein algebra into a quantum cluster variety called the “quantum Teichmuller space” for punctured surfaces, which has applications to the representation theory of skein algebras.

In the first half of this talk, I will give an overview of these concepts and explain how the quantum trace map can be generalized to the 3-dimensional setup.

In the second half, I will discuss how everything above can be generalized to HOMFLYPT skeins and has natural interpretation in terms of counts of holomorphic curves.