A generalization of the Alexander polynomial as an application of the delta derivative


Abstract: In this paper, we define the delta derivative in the integer group ring and we show that the delta derivative is well defined on the free groups. We also define a polynomial invariant of oriented knot and link by carrying the delta derivative to the link group. Since the delta derivative is a generalization of the free derivative, this polynomial invariant called the delta polynomial is a generalization of the Alexander polynomial. In addition, we present a new polynomial called the difference polynomial of oriented knot and link, which is similar to the Alexander polynomial and is a special case of the delta polynomial.

Keywords: Time scales, delta derivative, derivative in group rings, free derivative, Alexander polynomial

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