The perturbative expansion of the Chern–Simons path integral predicts a formula of the asymptotic expansion of the quantum invariant of a 3-manifold. When q=exp(2π-1/N), there have been some researches where the asymptotic expansion of the quantum SU (2) invariant is presented by a sum of contributions from SU (2) flat connections whose coefficients are square roots of the Reidemeister torsions. When q=exp(4π-1/N), it is conjectured recently that the quantum SU (2) invariant of a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold M is of exponential order of N whose growth is given by the complex volume of M. The first author showed in the previous work that this conjecture holds for the hyperbolic 3-manifold Mp obtained from S3 by p surgery along the figure-eight knot. From the physical viewpoint, we use the (formal) saddle point method when q=exp(4π-1/N), while we have used the stationary phase method when q=exp(2π-1/N), and these two methods give quite different resulting formulas from the mathematical viewpoint. In this paper, we show that a square root of the Reidemeister torsion appears as a coefficient in the semi-classical approximation of the asymptotic expansion of the quantum SU (2) invariant of Mp at q=exp(4π-1/N). Further, when q=exp(4π-1/N), we show that the semi-classical approximation of the asymptotic expansion of the quantum SU (2) invariant of some Seifert 3-manifolds M is presented by a sum of contributions from some of SL 2C flat connections on M, and square roots of the Reidemeister torsions appear as coefficients of such contributions.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics