a1 Department of Computing and Mathematics, Polytechnic of the South Bank, London SE1 0AA
In the recent article , a kind of connected link diagram called adequate was investigated, and it was shown that the Jones polynomial is never trivial for such a diagram. Here, on the other hand, upper bounds are considered for the breadth of the Jones polynomial of an arbitrary connected diagram, thus extending some of the results of [1,4,5]. Also, in Theorem 2 below, a characterization is given of those connected, prime diagrams for which the breadth of the Jones polynomial is one less than the number of crossings; recall from [1,4,5] that the breadth equals the number of crossings if and only if that diagram is reduced alternating. The article is concluded with a simple proof, using the Jones polynomial, of W. Menasco's theorem  that a connected, alternating diagram cannot represent a split link. We shall work with the Kauffman bracket polynomial D Z[A, A−1 of a link diagram D.
(Received June 03 1987)