Shadow world evaluation of the Yang-Mills measure. (English) Zbl 1063.57013

A new state-sum formula for the evaluation of the Yang-Mills measure in the Kauffman bracket skein algebra of a closed surface is derived. The formula extends the Kauffman bracket to diagrams that lie in surfaces other than the plane. It also extends Turaev’s shadow world invariants of links in a circle bundle over a surface away from roots of unity. The limiting behavior of the Yang-Mills measure when the complex parameter approaches \(-1\) is studied. The formula is applied to compute integrals of simple closed curves over the character variety of the surface against Goldman’s symplectic measure. Some examples are computed.


57M27 Invariants of knots and \(3\)-manifolds (MSC2010)
57R56 Topological quantum field theories (aspects of differential topology)
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