# Mathematics Colloquia and Seminars

Return to Colloquia & Seminar listing

### Invariants of Random Knots

**Mathematical Physics & Probability**

Speaker: | Joel Hass, UC Davis |

Location: | 1147 MSB |

Start time: | Wed, Feb 25 2015, 4:10PM |

Random curves in space and how they are knotted give an insight into the behavior of “typical” knots and links. They have been studied by biologists and physicists in the context of the structure of random polymers. There have been many results obtained via computational experiment, but few explicit computations. In work with Evan-Zohar, Linial and Nowik, we have found explicit formulas for the distributions of the linking number of a two component link. We also find formulas for the moments of two finite type invariants of knots, the Casson invariant and for a coefficient of the Jones polynomial.