Link Homologies and the Refined Topological Vertex
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Link Homologies and the Refined Topological Vertex

  • Author(s): Gukov, Sergei
  • Iqbal, Amer
  • Kozçaz, Can
  • Vafa, Cumrun
  • et al.

We establish a direct map between refined topological vertex and sl(N) homological invariants of the of Hopf link, which include Khovanov-Rozansky homology as a special case. This relation provides an exact answer for homological invariants of the Hopf link, whose components are colored by arbitrary representations of sl(N). At present, the mathematical formulation of such homological invariants is available only for the fundamental representation (the Khovanov-Rozansky theory) and the relation with the refined topological vertex should be useful for categorizing quantum group invariants associated with other representations (R 1, R 2). Our result is a first direct verification of a series of conjectures which identifies link homologies with the Hilbert space of BPS states in the presence of branes, where the physical interpretation of gradings is in terms of charges of the branes ending on Lagrangian branes.

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