Energies of knot diagrams

  • O. Karpenkov
  • A. B. Sossinsky


We introduce and begin the study of new knot energies defined on knot diagrams. Physically, they model the internal energy of thin metallic solid tori squeezed between two parallel planes. Thus the knots considered can perform the second and third Reidemeister moves, but not the first one. The energy functionals considered are the sum of two terms, the uniformization term (which tends to make the curvature of the knot uniform) and the resistance term (which, in particular, forbids crossing changes). We define an infinite family of uniformization functionals, depending on an arbitrary smooth function f and study the simplest nontrivial case f(x) = x 2, obtaining neat normal forms (corresponding to minima of the functional) by making use of the Gauss representation of immersed curves, of the phase space of the pendulum, and of elliptic functions.


Normal Form Gradient Descent Triple Point Young Diagram Double Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TU GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Independent University of Moscow Institute for Problems in Mechanics RASMoscowRussia

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