In this paper, we list in explicit form the factoring relations of the Kauffman bracket skein module (KBSM for short) of a twist knot exterior. This is done using curves decorated by characters of irreducible SL(2, C)-representations. In the process, we exhibit a relation which holds in the KBSM of the knot exterior, called the minimal relation. In the final section we prove that, when specializing the variable of the Kauffman bracket at t = -1, the minimal relation becomes the defining polynomial of the SL(2, C)-character variety of the twist knot.
- Character varieties
- Colored Kauffman brackets
- Kauffman bracket skein module
- Tunnel number