Accepted for publication by the Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications
Inserted: 18 sep 2018
Last Updated: 22 nov 2018
In this article we introduce a family of transverse invariants arising from the deformations of Khovanov homology. This family includes the invariants introduced by Plamenevskaya and by Lipshitz, Ng, and Sarkar. Then, we investigate the invariants arising from Bar-Natan's deformation. These invariants, called $\beta$-invariants, are essentially equivalent to Lipshitz, Ng, and Sarkar's invariants $\psi^\pm$. From the $\beta$-invariants we extract two non-negative integers which are transverse invariants (the $c$-invariants). Finally, we give several conditions which imply the non-effectiveness of the $c$-invariants, and use them to prove several vanishing criteria for the Plamenevskaya invariant $[\psi]$, and the non-effectiveness of the vanishing of $[\psi]$, for all prime knots with less than 12 crossings.