nLab suspension type



Type theory

natural deduction metalanguage, practical foundations

  1. type formation rule
  2. term introduction rule
  3. term elimination rule
  4. computation rule

type theory (dependent, intensional, observational type theory, homotopy type theory)

syntax object language

computational trinitarianism =
propositions as types +programs as proofs +relation type theory/category theory

logicset theory (internal logic of)category theorytype theory
predicatefamily of setsdisplay morphismdependent type
proofelementgeneralized elementterm/program
cut rulecomposition of classifying morphisms / pullback of display mapssubstitution
introduction rule for implicationcounit for hom-tensor adjunctionlambda
elimination rule for implicationunit for hom-tensor adjunctionapplication
cut elimination for implicationone of the zigzag identities for hom-tensor adjunctionbeta reduction
identity elimination for implicationthe other zigzag identity for hom-tensor adjunctioneta conversion
truesingletonterminal object/(-2)-truncated objecth-level 0-type/unit type
falseempty setinitial objectempty type
proposition, truth valuesubsingletonsubterminal object/(-1)-truncated objecth-proposition, mere proposition
logical conjunctioncartesian productproductproduct type
disjunctiondisjoint union (support of)coproduct ((-1)-truncation of)sum type (bracket type of)
implicationfunction set (into subsingleton)internal hom (into subterminal object)function type (into h-proposition)
negationfunction set into empty setinternal hom into initial objectfunction type into empty type
universal quantificationindexed cartesian product (of family of subsingletons)dependent product (of family of subterminal objects)dependent product type (of family of h-propositions)
existential quantificationindexed disjoint union (support of)dependent sum ((-1)-truncation of)dependent sum type (bracket type of)
logical equivalencebijection setobject of isomorphismsequivalence type
support setsupport object/(-1)-truncationpropositional truncation/bracket type
n-image of morphism into terminal object/n-truncationn-truncation modality
equalitydiagonal function/diagonal subset/diagonal relationpath space objectidentity type/path type
completely presented setsetdiscrete object/0-truncated objecth-level 2-type/set/h-set
setset with equivalence relationinternal 0-groupoidBishop set/setoid with its pseudo-equivalence relation an actual equivalence relation
equivalence class/quotient setquotientquotient type
inductioncolimitinductive type, W-type, M-type
higher inductionhigher colimithigher inductive type
-0-truncated higher colimitquotient inductive type
coinductionlimitcoinductive type
presettype without identity types
set of truth valuessubobject classifiertype of propositions
domain of discourseuniverseobject classifiertype universe
modalityclosure operator, (idempotent) monadmodal type theory, monad (in computer science)
linear logic(symmetric, closed) monoidal categorylinear type theory/quantum computation
proof netstring diagramquantum circuit
(absence of) contraction rule(absence of) diagonalno-cloning theorem
synthetic mathematicsdomain specific embedded programming language

homotopy levels


Homotopy theory

homotopy theory, (∞,1)-category theory, homotopy type theory

flavors: stable, equivariant, rational, p-adic, proper, geometric, cohesive, directed

models: topological, simplicial, localic, …

see also algebraic topology



Paths and cylinders

Homotopy groups

Basic facts




In homotopy type theory, a suspension type of any type XX is the pushout type of the terminal function X*X \to \ast (to the unit type) along itself, hence the pushout of the span *X*\ast \longleftarrow X \longrightarrow \ast.

The categorical semantics is given by suspension objects in homotopy theory (and hence by suspension of topological spaces in, say, the classical model structure on topological spaces).


As a higher inductive type, the (unreduced) suspension SX\mathrm{S} X of a type XX is generated by

  1. A term nth:SX\mathrm{nth} \colon \mathrm{S} X

  2. a term sth:SX\mathrm{sth} \colon \mathrm{S} X

  3. A function mer:XId SX(nth,sth)mer \colon X \to Id_{\mathrm{S}X}\big(nth,\, sth\big)

    (to the identity type of SX\mathrm{S}X).

(graphics adapted from Muro 2010)

The resulting inference rules are the specialization of those of pushout types (see there).

In Coq pseudocode this becomes

Inductive Suspension (X \colon Type) : Type
  | nth : Suspension X
  | sth : Suspension X
  | mer : X -> Id Suspension X nth sth

This says that the type is dependent on the type XX and inductive constructed from two terms in the suspension, whose interpretation is as the north and south poles of the suspension, together with a term in the function type from XX to the identity type of paths between these two terms, representing the meridians from the north to the south pole.


  • The two-valued type 2\mathbf{2} is the suspension type of the empty type 0\mathbf{0}.

  • The interval type II is the suspension type of the unit type 1\mathbf{1}.

  • The circle type S 1S^1 is the suspension type of 2\mathbf{2}.

  • The homotopical disk type G 2G_2 is the suspension type of II.

  • Homotopical nn-sphere types of dimension n:n:\mathbb{N}, S nS^n, are suspension types of S n1S^{n-1}.

  • Homotopical nn-globe types of dimension n:n:\mathbb{N}, G nG_n, are suspension types of G n1G_{n-1}.


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