Mapping cylinder

Mapping cylinder

In mathematics, specifically algebraic topology, the mapping cylinder of a function f between topological spaces X and Y is the quotient

M_f = (([0,1]\times X) \amalg Y)\,/\,\sim

where the union is disjoint, and ∼ is the equivalence relation

(0,x)\sim f(x)\quad\text{for each }x\in X.

That is, the mapping cylinder Mf is obtained by gluing one end of X × [0,1] to Y via the map f. Notice that the "top" of the cylinder \{1\}\times X is homeomorphic to X, while the "bottom" is the space Y.

See [1] for more details.


Basic properties

The bottom Y is a deformation retract of Mf. The projection M_f \to Y splits (via Y \ni y \mapsto y \in Y \subset M_f), and a deformation retraction R is given by:

 R: M_f \times I \rightarrow M_f
([t,x],s) \mapsto [s\cdot t,x]

(where points in Y stay fixed, which is well-defined, because [0,x]=[s\cdot 0,x] for all s).


The mapping cylinder may be viewed as a way to replace an arbitrary map by an equivalent cofibration, in the following sense:

Given a map f\colon X \to Y, the mapping cylinder is a space Mf, together with a cofibration \tilde f\colon X \to M_f and a surjective homotopy equivalence M_f \to Y (indeed, Y is a deformation retract of Mf), such that the composition X \to M_f \to Y equals f.

Mapping cylinder.png

Thus the space Y gets replaced with a homotopy equivalent space Mf, and the map f with a lifted map \tilde f. Equivalently, the diagram

f\colon X \to Y

gets replaced with a diagram

\tilde f\colon X \to M_f

together with a homotopy equivalence between them.

The construction serves to replace any map of topological spaces by a homotopy equivalent cofibration.

Note that pointwise, a cofibration is a closed inclusion.


Mapping cylinders are quite common homotopical tools. One use of mapping cylinders is to apply theorems concerning inclusions of spaces to general maps, which might not be injective.

Consequently, theorems or techniques (such as homology, cohomology or homotopy theory) which are only dependent on the homotopy class of spaces and maps involved may be applied to f\colon X\rightarrow Y with the assumption that X \subset Y and that f is actually the inclusion of a subspace.

Another, more intuitive appeal of the construction is that it accords with the usual mental image of a function as "sending" points of X to points of Y, and hence of embedding X within Y, despite the fact that the function need not be one-to-one.

Categorical application and interpretation

One can use the mapping cylinder to construct homotopy limits[citation needed]: given a diagram, replace the maps by cofibrations (using the mapping cylinder) and then take the ordinary pointwise limit (one must take a bit more care, but mapping cylinders are a component).

Conversely, the mapping cylinder is the homotopy pushout of the diagram where f\colon X \to Y and \text{id}_X\colon X \to X.

Mapping telescope

Given a sequence of maps

X_1 \to_{f_1} X_2 \to_{f_2} X_3 \to\cdots

the mapping telescope is the homotopical direct limit. If the maps are all already cofibrations (such as for the orthogonal groups O(n) \subset O(n+1)), then the direct limit is the union, but in general one must use the mapping telescope. The mapping telescope is a sequence of mapping cylinders, joined end-to-end. The picture of the construction looks like a stack of increasingly large cylinders, like a telescope.

Formally, one defines it as

\Bigl(\coprod_i [0,1] \times X_i\Bigr) / ((0,x_i) \sim (1,f(x_i)))


  1. ^ Algebraic Topology by Allen Hatcher. Page 2

See also

  • Mapping cylinder (homological algebra)

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