The article

- Daniel Freed,
*Higher Algebraic Structures and Quantization*, Commun.Math.Phys. 159 (1994) 343-398 (arXiv:hep-th/9212115)

and the companion

- Daniel Freed,
*Quantum groups from path integrals*(arXiv:q-alg/9501025)

contain an early proposal that (topological) quantum field theory should have an “extended” or “multi-tiered” formulation which involves not just vector spaces of phases/staes in codimension 1, but also (n-k)-vector spaces in codimension $k$.

This is a first indication of the structure that was later made precise by Jacob Lurie in *On the Classification of Topological Field Theories* by extended field theory in terms of (infinity,n)-functors on the (infinity,n)-category of cobordisms.

See at *higher category theory and physics* for more comments.

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