**Data**

- Title: Virtual Khovanov homology using cobordisms
- Author: Daniel Tubbenhauer
- Status: J. Knot Theory Ramifications 23-9 (2014), 91 pages. Last update: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 17:12:36 GMT
- ArXiv link: http://arxiv.org/abs/1111.0609
- ArXiv version = 0.99 published version
- LaTex Beamer presentation: Slides1
- Poster: Poster 1 and Poster 2
- Computer talk: MATHEMATICA file and
Notebook and
Some calculations

**Abstract**

We give a geometric interpretation of the Khovanov complex for virtual links. Geometric
interpretation means that we use a cobordism structure like Bar-Natan, but we allow non
orientable cobordisms. Like Bar-Natans geometric complex our construction should work for
virtual tangles too. This geometric complex allows, in contrast to the geometric version of
Turaev and Turner, a direct extension of the classical Khovanov complex () and of
the variant of Lee (). Furthermore we give a classification of all unoriented TQFTs
which can be used to define virtual link homologies with this geometric construction.

**A few extra words**

The following picture explains the whole idea. The main ingredient are immersed, possible
non-orientable cobordisms with decorated boundary components, i.e. each boundary of an orientable
gets a decoration from , and a formal sign, which is either or . All the informations
can be read of from local data, i.e. from an afore chosen orientation of the resolutions and an also
afore chosen numbering of the circles in the resolutions. Note that different choices lead to the same
complexes modulo chain isomorphisms.

Note that the virtual Khovanov homology is strict stronger then the virtual Jones polynomial, i.e. we show
that there are v-knots with seven crossings with equal v-Jones polynomial, but different v-Khovanov homology.