We study the algebraic property of the representation of the mapping class group of a closed oriented surface of genus constructed by V F R Jones [Annals of Math. 126 (1987) 335-388]. It arises from the Iwahori–Hecke algebra representations of Artin’s braid group of strings, and is defined over integral Laurent polynomials . We substitute the parameter with , and then expand the powers in their Taylor series. This expansion naturally induces a filtration on the Torelli group which is coarser than its lower central series. We present some results on the structure of the associated graded quotients, which include that the second Johnson homomorphism factors through the representation. As an application, we also discuss the relation with the Casson invariant of homology –spheres.
"An expansion of the Jones representation of genus 2 and the Torelli group." Algebr. Geom. Topol. 1 (1) 39 - 55, 2001. https://doi.org/10.2140/agt.2001.1.39