Double mapping cylinder
This article describes a construct that involves some variant of taking a product of a topological space with the unit interval and then making some identifications, typically at the endpoints, based on some specific maps.
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Specific cases of the above arise either by setting and the identity map (or correspondingly for and ) or setting or to be a one-point space. If we impose only one constraint, the resultant construction is the construction corresponding to the other unspecified map. If we impose two constraints, then the resulting construction depends only on the input space .
Note that the roles of and can be interchanged here.
|Name of construction||One-point spaces?||Identity maps?||Remaining input?||Conclusion|
|mapping cylinder||--||, so||With this stipulation, the double mapping cylinder is the same as the mapping cylinder for .|
|mapping cone||, so sends all of to one point||--||With this stipulation, the double mapping cylinder is the same as the mapping cone for .|
|cone space||, so sends all of to one point||, so||Only the space||With this stipulation, we get the cone space for|
|suspension||both and||--||Only the space||With this stipulation, we get the suspension of|
|cylinder||--||both and||only the space||With this stipulation, we get the cylinder on , i.e., the product of and the unit interval|
The join of two spaces and can be constructed as a double mapping cylinder as follow: Set , and , and let be the coordinate projection maps.
There is a relation between the homology of the double mapping cylinder of and , and the homologies of the spaces , and . The relation is described by the exact sequence for double mapping cylinder.