We investigate the Reshetikhin–Turaev invariants associated to SU(2) for the 3-manifolds M obtained by doing any rational surgery along the figure 8 knot. In particular, we express these invariants in terms of certain complex double contour integrals. These integral formulae allow us to propose a formula for the leading asymptotics of the invariants in the limit of large quantum level. We analyze this expression using the saddle point method. We construct a certain surjection from the set of stationary points for the relevant phase functions onto the space of conjugacy classes of nonabelian SL(2, ℂ)-representations of the fundamental group of M and prove that the values of these phase functions at the relevant stationary points equals the classical Chern–Simons invariants of the corresponding flat SU(2)-connections. Our findings are in agreement with the asymptotic expansion conjecture. Moreover, we calculate the leading asymptotics of the colored Jones polynomial of the figure 8 knot following R.Kashaev. This leads to a slightly finer asymptotic description of the invariant than predicted by the volume conjecture due to R.Kashaev, H.Murakami and J.Murakami.
|Journal||Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|