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loop braid group

Contents

Context

Group Theory

Topology

topology (point-set topology, point-free topology)

see also differential topology, algebraic topology, functional analysis and topological homotopy theory

Introduction

Basic concepts

Universal constructions

Extra stuff, structure, properties

Examples

Basic statements

Theorems

Analysis Theorems

topological homotopy theory

Contents

Idea

Where the braid group is the group of continuous motions of sets of distinct points in the Euclidean plane, the loop braid group (Dahm 62, Goldsmith 81) is the group of continuous motions of disjoint unknotted loops in 3d Euclidean space.

Accordingly, the role that the braid group plays in 3d TQFTs such as Chern-Simons theory/Reshetikhin-Turaev theory with point-like defects (anyons), the loop braid group plays in 4d TQFT with line defects.

graphics from Baez, Wise, Crans 06

References

Original articles:

See also:

Discussion via 4d TQFT and higher gauge theory/higher parallel transport:

Relation to braided tensor categories:

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