# A 2-category of chronological cobordisms and odd Khovanov homology

Banach Center Publications (2014)

- Volume: 103, Issue: 1, page 291-355
- ISSN: 0137-6934

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topKrzysztof K. Putyra. "A 2-category of chronological cobordisms and odd Khovanov homology." Banach Center Publications 103.1 (2014): 291-355. <http://eudml.org/doc/286358>.

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abstract = {We create a framework for odd Khovanov homology in the spirit of Bar-Natan's construction for the ordinary Khovanov homology. Namely, we express the cube of resolutions of a link diagram as a diagram in a certain 2-category of chronological cobordisms and show that it is 2-commutative: the composition of 2-morphisms along any 3-dimensional subcube is trivial. This allows us to create a chain complex whose homotopy type modulo certain relations is a link invariant. Both the original and the odd Khovanov homology can be recovered from this construction by applying certain strict 2-functors. We describe other possible choices of functors, including the one that covers both homology theories and another generalizing dotted cobordisms to the odd setting. Our construction works as well for tangles and is conjectured to be functorial up to sign with respect to tangle cobordisms.},

author = {Krzysztof K. Putyra},

journal = {Banach Center Publications},

keywords = {categorification; chronology; cobordism; covering homology; dotted cobordisms; Frobenius algebra; functoriality; Khovanov homology; knot; link; odd homology; planar algebra; tangle},

language = {eng},

number = {1},

pages = {291-355},

title = {A 2-category of chronological cobordisms and odd Khovanov homology},

url = {http://eudml.org/doc/286358},

volume = {103},

year = {2014},

}

TY - JOUR

AU - Krzysztof K. Putyra

TI - A 2-category of chronological cobordisms and odd Khovanov homology

JO - Banach Center Publications

PY - 2014

VL - 103

IS - 1

SP - 291

EP - 355

AB - We create a framework for odd Khovanov homology in the spirit of Bar-Natan's construction for the ordinary Khovanov homology. Namely, we express the cube of resolutions of a link diagram as a diagram in a certain 2-category of chronological cobordisms and show that it is 2-commutative: the composition of 2-morphisms along any 3-dimensional subcube is trivial. This allows us to create a chain complex whose homotopy type modulo certain relations is a link invariant. Both the original and the odd Khovanov homology can be recovered from this construction by applying certain strict 2-functors. We describe other possible choices of functors, including the one that covers both homology theories and another generalizing dotted cobordisms to the odd setting. Our construction works as well for tangles and is conjectured to be functorial up to sign with respect to tangle cobordisms.

LA - eng

KW - categorification; chronology; cobordism; covering homology; dotted cobordisms; Frobenius algebra; functoriality; Khovanov homology; knot; link; odd homology; planar algebra; tangle

UR - http://eudml.org/doc/286358

ER -

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