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A homology theory is defined for equivalence classes of links under isotopy in the 3-sphere. Chain modules for a link L are generated by certain surfaces whose boundary is L, using surface signature as the homological grading. In the end, the diagramless homology of a link is found to be equal to some number of copies of the Khovanov homology of that link. There is also a discussion of how one would generalize the diagramless homology theory (hence the theory of Khovanov homology) to links in arbitrary closed oriented 3-manifolds.
3-manifolds, diagramless, khovanov homology, knot theory, link homology, state surfaces
viii, 80 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 79-80).
Copyright 2010 Adam Corey McDougall
McDougall, Adam Corey. "Relating Khovanov homology to a diagramless homology." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2010.