The stabilization of an (∞,1)-category $C$ with finite (∞,1)-limits is the free stable (∞,1)-category $Stab(C)$ on $C$. This is also called the $(\infty,1)$-category of spectrum objects of $C$, because for the archetypical example where $C =$ Top the stabilization is $Stab(Top) \simeq Spec$ the category of spectra.
There is a canonical forgetful (∞,1)-functor $\Omega^\infty : Stab(C) \to C$ that remembers of a spectrum object the underlying object of $C$ in degree 0. Under mild conditions, notably when $C$ is a presentable (∞,1)-category, this functor has a left adjoint $\Sigma^\infty : C \to Stab(C)$ that freely stabilizes any given object of $C$.
Going back and forth this way, i.e. applying the corresponding (∞,1)-monad $\Omega^\infty \circ \Sigma^\infty$ yields the assignment
that may be thought of as the stabilization of an object $X$. Indeed, as the notation suggests, $\Omega^\infty \Sigma^\infty X$ may be thought of as the result as $n$ goes to infinity of the operation that forms from $X$ first the $n$-fold suspension object $\Sigma^n X$ and then from that the $n$-fold loop space object.
Let $C$ be an (∞,1)-category with finite (∞,1)-limit and write $C_* := C^{{*}/}$ for its (∞,1)-category of pointed objects, the undercategory of $C$ under the terminal object.
On $C_*$ there is the loop space object (infinity,1)-functor $\Omega : C_* \to C_*$, that sends each object $X$ to the pullback of the point inclusion ${*} \to X$ along itself. Recall that if a $(\infty,1)$-category is stable, the loop space object functor is an equivalence.
The stabilization $Stab(C)$ of $C$ is the (∞,1)-limit (in the (∞,1)-category of (∞,1)-categories) of the tower of applications of the loop space functor
This is (StabCat, proposition 8.14).
The canonical functor from $Stab(C)$ to $C_*$ and then further, via the functor that forgets the basepoint, to $C$ is therefore denoted
Concretely, for any $C$ with finite limits, $Stab(C)$ may be constructed as the category of spectrum objects of $C_*$:
This is definition 8.1, 8.2 in StabCat
Given a presentation of an (∞,1)-category by a model category, there is a notion of stabilization of this model category to a stable model category. That this in turn presents the abstractly defined stabilization of the corresponding (∞,1)-category is due to (Robalo 12, prop. 4.14).
presentable (∞,1)-category, then the functor $\Omega^\infty : Stab(C) \to C$
has a left adjoint
Prop 15.4 (2) of StabCat.
For $C =$ Top the stabilization is the category Spec of spectra. The functor $\Sigma^\infty : Top_* \to Spec$ is that which forms suspension spectra.
For $C=Set$, the category of sets, the stabilization is trivial. An object in $Stab(Set)$ is a sequence of pointed sets $(E_0, E_1, \ldots)$ together with isomorphisms $\Omega(E_{i+1}) \simeq E_i$. But $\Omega(X) = \ast \times_X \ast \simeq \ast$ for every pointed set $X$. So every object is isomorphic to $(\ast, \ast, \ldots)$. The space of endomorphisms of this object is a limit of the endomorphism spaces $Map_{Set_*}(\ast, \ast) \simeq \ast$, which is again contractible.
A general discussion in the context of (∞,1)-category theory is in
Jacob Lurie, section 1.4 of Higher Algebra
Jacob Lurie, section 1 of Spectral Schemes
Discussion of stabilization as inversion of smashing with a suspension objects, and the relation between stabilization of (∞,1)-categories (to stable (∞,1)-categories) and of model categories (to stable model categories) in
published as
with further remarks in
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