The volume conjecture, the aj conjectures and skein modules
Tran, Anh Tuan
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This dissertation studies quantum invariants of knots and links, particularly the colored Jones polynomials, and their relationships with classical invariants like the hyperbolic volume and the A-polynomial. We consider the volume conjecture that relates the Kashaev invariant, a specialization of the colored Jones polynomial at a specific root of unity, and the hyperbolic volume of a link; and the AJ conjecture that relates the colored Jones polynomial and the A-polynomial of a knot. We establish the AJ conjecture for some big classes of two-bridge knots and pretzel knots, and confirm the volume conjecture for some cables of knots.