Could someone please provide some sort of template for drawing some basic Temperley-Lieb diagrams in LateX?

I have tried using the tikz package, but am still unable to make any progress.

Here is one example of what such diagrams look like:

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  • My suspicion is that not everyone who uses *TeX knows what Temperley-Lieb diagrams are. Perhaps you could be both a little more helpful in what you are looking for and add some code that helps us understand what 'I have tried using the tikz package' means.
    – jon
    Mar 29, 2017 at 3:11
  • @jon Maybe the OP is waiting for Temperley-Lieb to show up? Presumably s/he/it knows?
    – cfr
    Mar 29, 2017 at 3:27
  • @cfr -- ha, indeed. Something/one must..!
    – jon
    Mar 29, 2017 at 3:34

1 Answer 1


Here is some starting example :

% define some useful styles to draw the strings
  pt/.style={insert path={node[scale=2]{.}}},
  dnup/.style={insert path={ [pt] .. controls +(0,1) and +(0,-1) .. +(#1,2) [pt]}},
  dndn/.style={insert path={ [pt] .. controls +(0,1) and +(0,1) .. +(#1,0) [pt]}},
  upup/.style={insert path={ [pt] .. controls +(0,-1) and +(0,-1) .. +(#1,0) [pt]}},

    \draw (0,0) rectangle (7,2);
    \draw (1,0) [dnup=2];
    \draw (1,2) [upup=1];
    \draw (2,0) [dnup=2];
    \draw (3,0) [dndn=1];
    \draw (5,0) [dnup=0];
    \draw (6,0) [dnup=0];

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