Asymptotics of the quantum SU(2)-invariants for surgeries on the figure 8 knot

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We will describe joint work with J.E.Andersen on the quantum SU(2)-invariants of the 3-manifolds M(p/q) obtained by surgeries on the 3-sphere along the figure 8-knot with rational surgery coefficient p/q. Our goal is to calculate the asymptotics of these invariants in the limit of large quantum level. First we obtain a complex double contour integral formula for the invariants by using Faddeev's quantum dilogarithm. This formula allows us to propose a formula for the leading large level asymptotics of the invariants. Analyzing this formula by the saddle-point method leads together with a study of the classical SU(2) Chern-Simons theory on M(p/q) to a formula for the leading asymptotics of the invariants which is in agreement with Witten's conjecture for the semiclassical approximation of the quantum SU(2)-invariants of closed oriented 3-manifolds. Thus we obtain a precise correspondence between certain critical points of certain phase functions and the moduli space of flat SU(2) connections on M(p/q): Moreover, we show that the critical values of the involved phase functions correspond to Chern-Simons invariants under this correspondence. Our analysis uses results of R.Riley and P.Kirk and E.Klassen on the involved moduli space and Chern-Simons theory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society
VolumeVolume 27, Number 1, Issue 143
PublisherAmerican Mathematical Society
Publication date2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventQuantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds : Annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society - San Antonio, Texas, USA
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …


ConferenceQuantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds : Annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society
CitySan Antonio, Texas, USA
Period01/01/2006 → …

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