Vertex distortion detects the unknot
Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications
The first two authors introduced vertex distortion of lattice knots and showed that the vertex distortion of the unknot is 1. It was conjectured that the vertex distortion of a knot class is 1 if and only if it is trivial. We use Denne and Sullivan's lower bound on Gromov distortion to bound the vertex distortion of non-trivial lattice knots. This bounding allows us to conclude that a knot class has vertex distortion 1 if and only if it is trivial. We also show that vertex distortion does not have a universal upper bound and provide a vertex distortion calculator.
distortion, Lattice knots
Mathematics and Statistics
Marion Campisi, Nicholas Cazet, David Crncevic, Tasha Fellman, Phillip Kessler, Nikolas Rieke, Vatsal Srivastava, and Luis Torres. "Vertex distortion detects the unknot" Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications (2022). https://doi.org/10.1142/S0218216522500742