WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS
Wake Forest University
Thursday, September 12th, 2019
Carswell Hall, Room 101
Abstract: Many well known representations of the braid groups are parameterized by a complex parameter, such as the Burau, Jones, and BMW representations. I will give a construction to choose specializations of the parameters so the images of the representations are discrete groups. This work is at the intersection of Number Theory, Topology, Combinatorics, and Algebra.