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The tangle hypothesis (Baez and Dolan 95) is as follows:
The $n$-category of framed $n$-tangles in $n+k$ dimensions is $(n+k)$-equivalent to the free k-tuply monoidal n-category with duals on one object.
The tangle hypothesis may be seen as a refinement of the cobordism hypothesis in the sense that the latter arises from the former in the limit $k \to \infty$:
The $n$-category $n Cob$ of cobordisms is the free stable $n$-category with duals on one object (the point).
The tangle hypothesis has been generalized to allow certain structures on the tangles.
The $k$-tuply monoidal $n$-category of $G$-structured $n$-tangles in the $(n + k)$-cube is the fundamental $(n + k)$-category with duals of $(M G,Z)$.
While the tangle hypothesis and its generalizations may be seen as refinements of the cobordism hypothesis and its generalizations, Lurie shows (Lurie 09, Sec. 4.4) that the former may be deduced from the latter when expressed in a sufficiently general form.
John Baez and James Dolan, Higher-dimensional Algebra and Topological Quantum Field Theory 1995 (arXiv)
Jacob Lurie, On the Classification of Topological Field Theories (arXiv:0905.0465)
Jacob Lurie, TQFT and the cobordism hypothesis, videos of 4 lectures at the Geometry Research Group, Mathematics Department, University of Texas Austin. Lecture notes for Lurie’s talks are available at the Geometry Research Group website.
For a discussion of the generalized tangle hypothesis see
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