We prove that the degree of the Q–polynomial of any quasialternating link is less than its determinant. Therefore, we obtain a new and simple obstruction criterion for the link to be quasialternating. As an application, we identify some knots of 12 crossings or less and some links of 9 crossings or less that are not quasialternating. Our obstruction criterion applies also to show that there are only finitely many Kanenobu knots that are quasialternating. Moreover, we identify an infinite family of Montesinos links that are not quasialternating.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geometry and Topology