### Abstract

We develop a theory of localization for braid group representations associated with objects in braided fusion categories and, more generally, to Yang–Baxter (YB) operators in monoidal categories. The essential problem is to determine when a family of braid representations can be uniformly modelled upon a tensor power of a fixed vector space in such a way that the braid group generators act “locally”. Although related to the notion of (quasi-)fiber functors for fusion categories, remarkably, such localizations can exist for representations associated with objects of non-integral dimension. We conjecture that such localizations exist precisely when the object in question has dimension the square-root of an integer and prove several key special cases of the conjecture.

Publication

Int. Math. Res. Not. IMRN 2013, no. 3, 693–731