# On skein algebras and Sl2(C)-character varieties

@article{Przytycki1997OnSA, title={On skein algebras and Sl2(C)-character varieties}, author={J{\'o}zef H. Przytycki and Adam S. Sikora}, journal={Topology}, year={1997}, volume={39}, pages={115-148} }

Let M be an oriented 3-manifold. For any commutative ring R with a speci"ed invertible element A one can assign an R-moduleS 2,= (M; R, A) called the Kau!man bracket skein module of M. This invariant of 3-manifolds was introduced by the "rst author in [23]. This paper gives insight into broad and intriguing connections between two apparently unrelated theories: the theory of skein modules of 3-manifolds and the theory of representations of groups into special linear groups of 2]2 matrices. This… Expand

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