We extend knot Floer homology to string links in and to –based links in arbitrary three manifolds. As with knot Floer homology we obtain a description of the Euler characteristic of the resulting homology groups (in ) in terms of the torsion of the string link. Additionally, a state summation approach is described using the equivalent of Kauffman states. Furthermore, we examine the situation for braids, prove that for alternating string links the Euler characteristic determines the homology, and develop similar composition formulas and long exact sequences as in knot Floer homology.
"Heegaard–Floer homology and string links." Algebr. Geom. Topol. 9 (1) 29 - 101, 2009. https://doi.org/10.2140/agt.2009.9.29