Veering Triangulations, the Teichmüller Polynomial and the Alexander Polynomial

25 November 2020
Anna Parlak

Veering triangulations are a special class of ideal triangulations with a rather mysterious combinatorial definition. Their importance follows from a deep connection with pseudo-Anosov flows on 3-manifolds. Recently Landry, Minsky and Taylor introduced a polynomial invariant of veering triangulations called the taut polynomial. It is a generalisation of an older invariant, the Teichmüller polynomial, defined by McMullen in 2002.

The aim of my talk is to demonstrate that veering triangulations provide a convenient setup for computations. More precisely, I will use fairly easy arguments to obtain a fairly strong statement which generalises the results of McMullen relating the Teichmüller polynomial to the Alexander polynomial.

I will not assume any prior knowledge on the Alexander polynomial, the Teichmüller polynomial or veering triangulations.

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