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## Idea

A thin homotopy between paths $f,g: I \to X$ in a topological space $X$ (with $I = [0,1]$ the standard interval) is a homotopy $I\times I \to X$ which, roughly speaking, has zero area.

## Definition

### Thin homotopies in smooth spaces

A (smooth) homotopy $F: I \times I \to X$ between smooth paths in a smooth space $X$ is called thin if the rank of its differential $d F(s,t): T_{s,t} I \times I \to T_{F(s),F(t)} X$ is less than 2 for all $s,t \in I \times I$.

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### Thin homotopies in topological spaces

The following is taken from

We define a finite tree to be a one-dimensional finite polyhedron.

A homotopy $F:I\times I \to X$ between paths $F(-,0)$ and $F(-,1)$ in the topological space $X$ is called thin if $F$ factors through a finite tree,

$I\times I \stackrel{F_0}{\to} T \stackrel{F_1}{\to} X$

such that the paths $F_0(-,0):I\to T$, $F_0(-,1):I\to T$ are piecewise-linear.

When $X$ is Hausdorff, points, paths and thin homotopies in $X$ form a bigroupoid.

## Applications

### Path n-groupoids

The definition of path groupoids and path n-groupoids as strict or semi-strict n-groupoids typically involves taking morphisms to be thin homotopy classes of paths. See there for more details.

### Parallel transport

The parallel transport of a connection on a bundle is an assignment of fiber-homomorphisms to paths in a manifold that is invariant under thin homotopy.

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