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The comb space is defined as the following subset of with the subspace topology: It is the union of , , and all line segments of the form where varies over the positive integers.
Topological space properties
Properties it does satisfy
- Closed sub-Euclidean space
- Metrizable space
- Contractible space
- SDR-contractible space, viz it admits the origin as a strong deformation retract, via the homotopy that first collapses all the vertical line segments to the -axis, and then collapses the entire -axis to the origin.
Properties it does not satisfy
- Suddenly contractible space: There is no contracting homotopy that is a homeomorphism for all
- Everywhere SDR-contractible space: In particular, the point is not a strong deformation retract
- Locally path-connected space: The neighbourhood of has infinitely many path components.