Legendrian and transverse knots and their invariants
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In this thesis, we study Legendrian and transverse isotopy problem for cabled knot types. We give two structural theorems to describe when the (r,s)- cable of a Legendrian simple knot type K is also Legendrian simple. We then study the same problem for cables of the positive trefoil knot. We give a complete classification of Legendrian and transverse cables of the positive trefoil. Our results exhibit many new phenomena in the structural understanding of Legendrian and transverse knots. we then extend these results to the other positive torus knots. The key ingredient in these results is to find necessary and sufficient conditions on maximally thickened contact neighborhoods of the positive torus knots in three sphere.