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mathematics
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, topological groups are logically the combination of groups
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and topological spaces, i.e. they are groups and topological spaces at the same time, such that the continuity condition for the group operations connects these two structures together and consequently they are not independent from each other.
Topological groups have been studied extensively in the period of 1925 to 1940. Haar and Weil (respectively in 1933 and 1940) showed that the integrals
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and Fourier series
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are special cases of a very wide class of topological groups.
Topological groups, along with continuous group actions, are used to study continuous symmetries, which have many applications, for example, in physics. In functional analysis
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, every topological vector space is an additive topological group with the additional property that scalar multiplication is continuous; consequently, many results from the theory of topological groups can be applied to functional analysis.
Formal definition

A topological group, , is atopological space
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that is also a group such that the group operation (in this case product):
:,
and the inversion map:
:,
are continuous
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.''i.e.'' Continuous means that for any open set , is open in the domain of .
Here is viewed as a topological space with the product topology
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.
Such a topology is said to be compatible with the group operations and is called a group topology.
;Checking continuity
The product map is continuous if and only if for any and any neighborhood of in , there exist neighborhoods of and of in such that , where .
The inversion map is continuous if and only if for any and any neighborhood of in , there exists a neighborhood of in such that , where .
To show that a topology is compatible with the group operations, it suffices to check that the map
:,
is continuous.
Explicitly, this means that for any and any neighborhood in of , there exist neighborhoods of and of in such that .
;Additive notation
This definition used notation for multiplicative groups;
the equivalent for additive groups would be that the following two operations are continuous:
:,
:, .
;Hausdorffness
Although not part of this definition, many authors require that the topology on be Hausdorff.
One reason for this is that any topological group can be canonically associated with a Hausdorff topological group by taking an appropriate canonical quotient;
this however, often still requires working with the original non-Hausdorff topological group.
Other reasons, and some equivalent conditions, are discussed below.
This article will not assume that topological groups are necessarily Hausdorff.
;Category
In the language of category theory
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, topological groups can be defined concisely as group object In category theory, a branch of mathematics, group objects are certain generalizations of groups that are built on more complicated structures than sets. A typical example of a group object is a topological group, a group whose underlying set is ...

s in the category of topological spaces, in the same way that ordinary groups are group objects in the category of sets.
Note that the axioms are given in terms of the maps (binary product, unary inverse, and nullary identity), hence are categorical definitions.
Homomorphisms

A homomorphism of topological groups means a continuous group homomorphism . Topological groups, together with their homomorphisms, form a category. A group homomorphism between topological groups is continuous if and only if it is continuous at ''some'' point. An isomorphism of topological groups is a group isomorphism that is also ahomeomorphism
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of the underlying topological spaces.
This is stronger than simply requiring a continuous group isomorphism—the inverse must also be continuous.
There are examples of topological groups that are isomorphic as ordinary groups but not as topological groups.
Indeed, any non-discrete topological group is also a topological group when considered with the discrete topology.
The underlying groups are the same, but as topological groups there is not an isomorphism.
Examples

Every group can be trivially made into a topological group by considering it with the discrete topology; such groups are called discrete groups. In this sense, the theory of topological groups subsumes that of ordinary groups. The indiscrete topology (i.e. the trivial topology) also makes every group into a topological group. Thereal number
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s, $\backslash mathbb$ with the usual topology form a topological group under addition.
Euclidean -space is also a topological group under addition, and more generally, every topological vector space forms an (abelian) topological group.
Some other examples of abelian
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topological groups are the circle group , or the torus
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for any natural number .
The classical groups are important examples of non-abelian topological groups. For instance, the general linear group of all invertible -by- matrices with real entries can be viewed as a topological group with the topology defined by viewing as a subspace of Euclidean space .
Another classical group is the orthogonal group
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, the group of all linear map
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s from to itself that preserve the length
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of all vectors.
The orthogonal group is compact
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as a topological space. Much of Euclidean geometry can be viewed as studying the structure of the orthogonal group, or the closely related group of isometries of .
The groups mentioned so far are all Lie group
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s, meaning that they are smooth manifolds in such a way that the group operations are smooth, not just continuous.
Lie groups are the best-understood topological groups; many questions about Lie groups can be converted to purely algebraic questions about Lie algebras and then solved.
An example of a topological group that is not a Lie group is the additive group $\backslash mathbb$ of rational number
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s, with the topology inherited from $\backslash mathbb$.
This is a countable space, and it does not have the discrete topology.
An important example for number theory
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is the group of ''p''-adic integers, for a prime number
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, meaning the inverse limit of the finite groups as ''n'' goes to infinity.
The group is well behaved in that it is compact (in fact, homeomorphic to the Cantor set), but it differs from (real) Lie groups in that it is totally disconnected.
More generally, there is a theory of ''p''-adic Lie groups, including compact groups such as as well as locally compact groups such as , where is the locally compact field of ''p''-adic numbers.
The group is a pro-finite group In mathematics, a profinite group is a topological group that is in a certain sense assembled from a system of finite groups.
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; it is isomorphic to a subgroup of the product $\backslash prod\_\; \backslash mathbb\; /\; p^n$ in such a way that its topology is induced by the product topology, where the finite groups $\backslash mathbb\; /\; p^n$ are given the discrete topology.
Another large class of pro-finite groups important in number theory are absolute Galois groups.
Some topological groups can be viewed as infinite dimensional Lie groups; this phrase is best understood informally, to include several different families of examples.
For example, a topological vector space, such as a Banach space or Hilbert space
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, is an abelian topological group under addition. Some other infinite-dimensional groups that have been studied, with varying degrees of success, are loop group
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s, and gauge groups.
In every Banach algebra with multiplicative identity, the set of invertible elements forms a topological group under multiplication.
For example, the group of invertible bounded operators on a Hilbert space arises this way.
Properties

Translation invariance

Every topological group's topology is , which by definition means that if for any $a\; \backslash in\; G,$ left or right multiplication by this element yields a homeomorphism $G\; \backslash to\; G.$ Consequently, for any $a\; \backslash in\; G$ and $S\; \backslash subseteq\; G,$ the subset $S$ isopen
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(resp. closed
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) in $G$ if and only if this is true of its left translation $a\; S\; :=\; \backslash $ and right translation $S\; a\; :=\; \backslash .$
If $\backslash mathcal$ is a neighborhood basis of the identity element in a topological group $G$ then for all $x\; \backslash in\; X,$
$x\; \backslash mathcal\; :=\; \backslash $
is a neighborhood basis of $x$ in $G.$
In particular, any group topology on a topological group is completely determined by any neighborhood basis at the identity element.
If $S$ is any subset of $G$ and $U$ is an open subset of $G,$ then $S\; U\; :=\; \backslash $ is an open subset of $G.$
Symmetric neighborhoods

The inversion operation $g\; \backslash mapsto\; g^$ on a topological group $G$ is a homeomorphism from $G$ to itself. A subset $S\; \backslash subseteq\; G$ is said to be symmetric if $S^\; =\; S,$ where $S^\; :=\; \backslash left\backslash .$ The closure of every symmetric set in a commutative topological group is symmetric. If is any subset of a commutative topological group , then the following sets are also symmetric: , , and . For any neighborhood in a commutative topological group of the identity element, there exists a symmetric neighborhood of the identity element such that , where note that is necessarily a symmetric neighborhood of the identity element. Thus every topological group has a neighborhood basis at the identity element consisting of symmetric sets. If is a locally compact commutative group, then for any neighborhood in of the identity element, there exists a symmetric relatively compact neighborhood of the identity element such that (where is symmetric as well).Uniform space

Every topological group can be viewed as a uniform space in two ways; the ''left uniformity'' turns all left multiplications into uniformly continuous maps while the ''right uniformity'' turns all right multiplications into uniformly continuous maps. If is not abelian, then these two need not coincide. The uniform structures allow one to talk about notions such as completeness, uniform continuity and uniform convergence on topological groups.Separation properties

If is an open subset of a commutative topological group and contains a compact set , then there exists a neighborhood of the identity element such that . As a uniform space, every commutative topological group is completely regular. Consequently, for a multiplicative topological group with identity element 1, the following are equivalent:- is a T
_{0}-space ( Kolmogorov); - is a T
_{2}-space ( Hausdorff); - is a T
_{3}( Tychonoff); - is closed in ;
- , where is a neighborhood basis of the identity element in ;
- for any $x\; \backslash in\; G$ such that $x\; \backslash neq\; 1,$ there exists a neighborhood in of the identity element such that $x\; \backslash not\backslash in\; U.$

Metrisability

Let be a topological group. As with any topological space, we say that ismetrisable
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if and only if there exists a metric on , which induces the same topology on $G$. A metric on is called
* ''left-invariant'' (resp. ''right-invariant'') if and only if $d(ax\_,ax\_)=d(x\_,x\_)$(resp. $d(x\_a,x\_a)=d(x\_,x\_)$) for all $a,x\_,x\_\backslash in\; G$ (equivalently, $d$ is left-invariant just in case the map $x\; \backslash mapsto\; ax$ is an isometry
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from $(G,d)$ to itself for each $a\; \backslash in\; G$).
* ''proper'' if and only if all open balls, $B(r)=\backslash $ for $r>0$, are pre-compact.
The Birkhoff–Kakutani theorem (named after mathematicians Garrett Birkhoff and Shizuo Kakutani) states that the following three conditions on a topological group are equivalent:
# is first countable (equivalently: the identity element 1 is closed in , and there is a countable basis of neighborhoods for 1 in ).
# is metrisable
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(as a topological space).
# There is a left-invariant metric on that induces the given topology on .
Furthermore, the following are equivalent for any topological group :
# is a second countable
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locally compact (Hausdorff) space.
# is a Polish, locally compact (Hausdorff) space.
# is properly metrisable
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(as a topological space).
# There is a left-invariant, proper metric on that induces the given topology on .
Note: As with the rest of the article we of assume here a Hausdorff topology.
The implications 4 $\backslash Rightarrow$ 3 $\backslash Rightarrow$ 2 $\backslash Rightarrow$ 1 hold in any topological space. In particular 3 $\backslash Rightarrow$ 2 holds, since in particular any properly metrisable space is countable union of compact metrisable and thus separable (''cf.'' properties of compact metric spaces) subsets.
The non-trivial implication 1 $\backslash Rightarrow$ 4 was first proved by Raimond Struble in 1974. An alternative approach was made by Uffe Haagerup and Agata Przybyszewska in 2006,
the idea of the which is as follows:
One relies on the construction of a left-invariant metric, $d\_$, as in the case of first countable spaces. By local compactness, closed balls of sufficiently small radii are compact, and by normalising we can assume this holds for radius 1. Closing the open ball, , of radius 1 under multiplication yields a clopen subgroup, , of , on which the metric $d\_$ is proper. Since is open and is second countable
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, the subgroup has at most countably many cosets. One now uses this sequence of cosets and the metric on to construct a proper metric on .
Subgroups

Every subgroup of a topological group is itself a topological group when given the subspace topology. Every open subgroup is also closed in , since the complement of is the open set given by the union of open sets for . If is a subgroup of then the closure of is also a subgroup. Likewise, if is a normal subgroup of , the closure of is normal in .Quotients and normal subgroups

If is a subgroup of , the set of left cosets with the quotient topology is called ahomogeneous space
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for .
The quotient map $q\; :\; G\; \backslash to\; G\; /\; H$ is always open
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.
For example, for a positive integer , the sphere
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is a homogeneous space for the rotation group in , with .
A homogeneous space is Hausdorff if and only if is closed in .
Partly for this reason, it is natural to concentrate on closed subgroups when studying topological groups.
If is a normal subgroup of , then the quotient group becomes a topological group when given the quotient topology.
It is Hausdorff if and only if is closed in .
For example, the quotient group is isomorphic to the circle group .
In any topological group, the identity component (i.e., the connected component containing the identity element) is a closed normal subgroup.
If is the identity component and ''a'' is any point of , then the left coset is the component of containing ''a''.
So the collection of all left cosets (or right cosets) of in is equal to the collection of all components of .
It follows that the quotient group is totally disconnected.
Closure and compactness

In any commutative topological group, the product (assuming the group is multiplicative) of a compact set and a closed set is a closed set. Furthermore, for any subsets and of , . If is a subgroup of a commutative topological group and if is a neighborhood in of the identity element such that is closed, then is closed. Every discrete subgroup of a Hausdorff commutative topological group is closed.Isomorphism theorems

Theisomorphism theorem
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s from ordinary group theory are not always true in the topological setting.
This is because a bijective homomorphism need not be an isomorphism of topological groups.
For example, a native version of the first isomorphism theorem is false for topological groups: if $f:G\backslash to\; H$ is a morphism of topological groups (that is, a continuous homomorphism), it is not necessarily true that the induced homomorphism $\backslash tilde\; :G/\backslash ker\; f\backslash to\; \backslash mathrm(f)$ is an isomorphism of topological groups; it will be a bijective, continuous homomorphism, but it will not necessarily be a homeomorphism. In other words, it will not necessarily admit an inverse in the category of topological groups.
There is a version of the first isomorphism theorem for topological groups, which may be stated as follows: if $f\; :\; G\; \backslash to\; H$ is a continuous homomorphism, then the induced homomorphism from to is an isomorphism if and only if the map is open onto its image.
The third isomorphism theorem, however, is true more or less verbatim for topological groups, as one may easily check.
Hilbert's fifth problem

There are several strong results on the relation between topological groups and Lie groups. First, every continuous homomorphism of Lie groups $G\; \backslash to\; H$ is smooth. It follows that a topological group has a unique structure of a Lie group if one exists. Also, Cartan's theorem says that every closed subgroup of a Lie group is a Lie subgroup, in particular a smooth submanifold.Hilbert's fifth problem
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asked whether a topological group that is a topological manifold must be a Lie group.
In other words, does have the structure of a smooth manifold, making the group operations smooth?
As shown by Andrew Gleason, Deane Montgomery, and Leo Zippin, the answer to this problem is yes.
In fact, has a real analytic
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structure.
Using the smooth structure, one can define the Lie algebra of , an object of linear algebra
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linear maps such as:
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that determines a connected group up to covering spaces.
As a result, the solution to Hilbert's fifth problem reduces the classification of topological groups that are topological manifolds to an algebraic problem, albeit a complicated problem in general.
The theorem also has consequences for broader classes of topological groups. First, every compact group (understood to be Hausdorff) is an inverse limit of compact Lie groups.
(One important case is an inverse limit of finite groups, called a profinite group. For example, the group of ''p''-adic integers and the absolute Galois group of a field are profinite groups.)
Furthermore, every connected locally compact group is an inverse limit of connected Lie groups.
At the other extreme, a totally disconnected locally compact group always contains a compact open subgroup, which is necessarily a profinite group.
(For example, the locally compact group contains the compact open subgroup , which is the inverse limit of the finite groups as ' goes to infinity.)
Representations of compact or locally compact groups

An action of a topological group on a topological space ''X'' is a group action of on ''X'' such that the corresponding function is continuous. Likewise, a representation of a topological group on a real or complex topological vector space ''V'' is a continuous action of on ''V'' such that for each , the map from ''V'' to itself is linear. Group actions and representation theory are particularly well understood for compact groups, generalizing what happens for finite groups. For example, every finite-dimensional (real or complex) representation of a compact group is a direct sum of irreducible representations. An infinite-dimensional unitary representation of a compact group can be decomposed as a Hilbert-space direct sum of irreducible representations, which are all finite-dimensional; this is part of the Peter–Weyl theorem. For example, the theory ofFourier series
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describes the decomposition of the unitary representation of the circle group on the complex Hilbert space .
The irreducible representations of are all 1-dimensional, of the form for integers (where is viewed as a subgroup of the multiplicative group *).
Each of these representations occurs with multiplicity 1 in .
The irreducible representations of all compact connected Lie groups have been classified.
In particular, the character
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of each irreducible representation is given by the Weyl character formula.
More generally, locally compact groups have a rich theory of harmonic analysis, because they admit a natural notion of measure and integral
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, given by the Haar measure.
Every unitary representation of a locally compact group can be described as a direct integral of irreducible unitary representations.
(The decomposition is essentially unique if is of Type I, which includes the most important examples such as abelian groups and semisimple Lie groups.)
A basic example is the Fourier transform
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, which decomposes the action of the additive group $\backslash mathbb$ on the Hilbert space as a direct integral of the irreducible unitary representations of $\backslash mathbb$.
The irreducible unitary representations of $\backslash mathbb$ are all 1-dimensional, of the form for .
The irreducible unitary representations of a locally compact group may be infinite-dimensional.
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of admissible representations, is to find the unitary dual (the space of all irreducible unitary representations) for the semisimple Lie groups.
The unitary dual is known in many cases such as , but not all.
For a locally compact abelian group , every irreducible unitary representation has dimension 1.
In this case, the unitary dual $\backslash hat$ is a group, in fact another locally compact abelian group.
Pontryagin duality states that for a locally compact abelian group , the dual of $\backslash hat$ is the original group .
For example, the dual group of the integers is the circle group , while the group $\backslash mathbb$ of real numbers is isomorphic to its own dual.
Every locally compact group has a good supply of irreducible unitary representations; for example, enough representations to distinguish the points of (the Gelfand–Raikov theorem).
By contrast, representation theory for topological groups that are not locally compact has so far been developed only in special situations, and it may not be reasonable to expect a general theory.
For example, there are many abelian Banach–Lie groups for which every representation on Hilbert space is trivial.
Homotopy theory of topological groups

Topological groups are special among all topological spaces, even in terms of their homotopy type. One basic point is that a topological group determines a path-connected topological space, the classifying space (which classifies principal -bundles over topological spaces, under mild hypotheses). The group is isomorphic in the homotopy category to theloop space
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of ; that implies various restrictions on the homotopy type of .
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Definition
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s.
For example, the fundamental group of a topological group is abelian.
(More generally, the Whitehead product on the homotopy groups of is zero.)
Also, for any field ''k'', the cohomology
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ring has the structure of a Hopf algebra.
In view of structure theorems on Hopf algebras by Heinz Hopf
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and Armand Borel
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, this puts strong restrictions on the possible cohomology rings of topological groups.
In particular, if is a path-connected topological group whose rational cohomology ring is finite-dimensional in each degree, then this ring must be a free graded-commutative algebra over $\backslash mathbb$, that is, the tensor product
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of a polynomial ring
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on generators of even degree with an exterior algebra on generators of odd degree.
In particular, for a connected Lie group , the rational cohomology ring of is an exterior algebra on generators of odd degree.
Moreover, a connected Lie group has a maximal compact subgroup ''K'', which is unique up to conjugation, and the inclusion of ''K'' into is a homotopy equivalence
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.
So describing the homotopy types of Lie groups reduces to the case of compact Lie groups.
For example, the maximal compact subgroup of is the circle group , and the homogeneous space can be identified with the hyperbolic plane
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.
Since the hyperbolic plane is contractible
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, the inclusion of the circle group into is a homotopy equivalence.
Finally, compact connected Lie groups have been classified by Wilhelm Killing, Élie Cartan
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, and Hermann Weyl.
As a result, there is an essentially complete description of the possible homotopy types of Lie groups.
For example, a compact connected Lie group of dimension at most 3 is either a torus, the group SU(2) ( diffeomorphic to the 3-sphere ), or its quotient group (diffeomorphic to ).
Complete topological group

Information about convergence of nets and filters, such as definitions and properties, can be found in the article about filters in topology.Canonical uniformity on a commutative topological group

This article will henceforth assume that any topological group that we consider is an additive commutative topological group with identity element $0.$ The diagonal of $X$ is the set $$\backslash Delta\_X\; :=\; \backslash $$ and for any $N\; \backslash subseteq\; X$ containing $0,$ the canonical entourage or canonical vicinities around $N$ is the set $$\backslash Delta\_X(N)\; :=\; \backslash \; =\; \backslash bigcup\_;\; href="/html/ALL/l/y\_+\_N)\_\backslash times\_\backslash .html"\; ;"title="y\; +\; N)\; \backslash times\; \backslash ">y\; +\; N)\; \backslash times\; \backslash $$ For a topological group $(X,\; \backslash tau),$ the canonical uniformity on $X$ is the uniform structure induced by the set of all canonical entourages $\backslash Delta(N)$ as $N$ ranges over all neighborhoods of $0$ in $X.$ That is, it is the upward closure of the following prefilter on $X\; \backslash times\; X,$ $$\backslash left\backslash $$ where this prefilter forms what is known as a base of entourages of the canonical uniformity. For a commutative additive group $X,$ a fundamental system of entourages $\backslash mathcal$ is called a translation-invariant uniformity if for every $B\; \backslash in\; \backslash mathcal,$ $(x,\; y)\; \backslash in\; B$ if and only if $(x\; +\; z,\; y\; +\; z)\; \backslash in\; B$ for all $x,\; y,\; z\; \backslash in\; X.$ A uniformity $\backslash mathcal$ is called translation-invariant if it has a base of entourages that is translation-invariant.- The canonical uniformity on any commutative topological group is translation-invariant.
- The same canonical uniformity would result by using a neighborhood basis of the origin rather the filter of all neighborhoods of the origin.
- Every entourage $\backslash Delta\_X(N)$ contains the diagonal $\backslash Delta\_X\; :=\; \backslash Delta\_X(\backslash )\; =\; \backslash $ because $0\; \backslash in\; N.$
- If $N$ is symmetric (that is, $-N\; =\; N$) then $\backslash Delta\_X(N)$ is symmetric (meaning that $\backslash Delta\_X(N)^\; =\; \backslash Delta\_X(N)$) and $\backslash Delta\_X(N)\; \backslash circ\; \backslash Delta\_X(N)\; =\; \backslash \; =\; \backslash bigcup\_;\; href="/html/ALL/l/y\_+\_N)\_\backslash times\_(y\_+\_N).html"\; ;"title="y\; +\; N)\; \backslash times\; (y\; +\; N)">y\; +\; N)\; \backslash times\; (y\; +\; N)$
- The topology induced on $X$ by the canonical uniformity is the same as the topology that $X$ started with (that is, it is $\backslash tau$).

Cauchy prefilters and nets

The general theory of uniform spaces has its own definition of a "Cauchy prefilter" and "Cauchy net." For the canonical uniformity on $X,$ these reduces down to the definition described below. Suppose $x\_\; =\; \backslash left(x\_i\backslash right)\_$ is a net in $X$ and $y\_\; =\; \backslash left(y\_j\backslash right)\_$ is a net in $Y.$ Make $I\; \backslash times\; J$ into a directed set by declaring $(i,\; j)\; \backslash leq\; \backslash left(i\_2,\; j\_2\backslash right)$ if and only if $i\; \backslash leq\; i\_2\; \backslash text\; j\; \backslash leq\; j\_2.$ Then $x\_\; \backslash times\; y\_:\; =\; \backslash left(x\_i,\; y\_j\backslash right)\_$ denotes the product net. If $X\; =\; Y$ then the image of this net under the addition map $X\; \backslash times\; X\; \backslash to\; X$ denotes the sum of these two nets: $$x\_\; +\; y\_:\; =\; \backslash left(x\_i\; +\; y\_j\backslash right)\_$$ and similarly their difference is defined to be the image of the product net under the subtraction map: $$x\_\; -\; y\_:\; =\; \backslash left(x\_i\; -\; y\_j\backslash right)\_.$$ A net $x\_\; =\; \backslash left(x\_i\backslash right)\_$ in an additive topological group $X$ is called a Cauchy net if $$\backslash left(x\_i\; -\; x\_j\backslash right)\_\; \backslash to\; 0\; \backslash text\; X$$ or equivalently, if for every neighborhood $N$ of $0$ in $X,$ there exists some $i\_0\; \backslash in\; I$ such that $x\_i\; -\; x\_j\; \backslash in\; N$ for all indices $i,\; j\; \backslash geq\; i\_0.$ A Cauchy sequence is a Cauchy net that is a sequence. If $B$ is a subset of an additive group $X$ and $N$ is a set containing $0,$ then$B$ is said to be an $N$-small set or small of order $N$ if $B\; -\; B\; \backslash subseteq\; N.$ A prefilter $\backslash mathcal$ on an additive topological group $X$ called a Cauchy prefilter if it satisfies any of the following equivalent conditions:- $\backslash mathcal\; -\; \backslash mathcal\; \backslash to\; 0$ in $X,$ where $\backslash mathcal\; -\; \backslash mathcal\; :=\; \backslash $ is a prefilter.
- $\backslash \; \backslash to\; 0$ in $X,$ where $\backslash $ is a prefilter equivalent to $\backslash mathcal\; -\; \backslash mathcal.$
- For every neighborhood $N$ of $0$ in $X,$ $\backslash mathcal$ contains some $N$-small set (that is, there exists some $B\; \backslash in\; \backslash mathcal$ such that $B\; -\; B\; \backslash subseteq\; N$).

- For every neighborhood $N$ of $0$ in $X,$ there exists some $B\; \backslash in\; \backslash mathcal$ and some $x\; \backslash in\; X$ such that $B\; \backslash subseteq\; x\; +\; N.$

Complete commutative topological group

Recall that for any $S\; \backslash subseteq\; X,$ a prefilter $\backslash mathcal$ ''on $S$'' is necessarily a subset of $\backslash wp(S)$; that is, $\backslash mathcal\; \backslash subseteq\; \backslash wp(S).$ A subset $S$ of a topological group $X$ is called a complete subset if it satisfies any of the following equivalent conditions:- Every Cauchy prefilter $\backslash mathcal\; \backslash subseteq\; \backslash wp(S)$ on $S$ converges to at least one point of $S.$ * If $X$ is Hausdorff then every prefilter on $S$ will converge to at most one point of $X.$ But if $X$ is not Hausdorff then a prefilter may converge to multiple points in $X.$ The same is true for nets.
- Every Cauchy net in $S$ converges to at least one point of $S$;
- Every Cauchy filter $\backslash mathcal$ on $S$ converges to at least one point of $S.$
- $S$ is a complete Complete may refer to: Logic * Completeness (logic) * Completeness of a theory, the property of a theory that every formula in the theory's language or its negation is provable Mathematics * The completeness of the real numbers, which implies t ...uniform space (under the point-set topology definition of "complete uniform space In the mathematical field of topology, a uniform space is a set with a uniform structure. Uniform spaces are topological spaces with additional structure that is used to define uniform properties such as completeness, uniform continuity and unif ...") when $S$ is endowed with the uniformity induced on it by the canonical uniformity of $X$;

- $X$ is complete as a subset of itself.
- Every Cauchy net in $X$ converges to at least one point of $X.$
- There exists a neighborhood of $0$ in $X$ that is also a complete subset of $X.$ * This implies that every locally compact commutative topological group is complete.
- When endowed with its canonical uniformity, $X$ becomes is a complete uniform space In the mathematical field of topology, a uniform space is a set with a uniform structure. Uniform spaces are topological spaces with additional structure that is used to define uniform properties such as completeness, uniform continuity and unif .... * In the general theory of uniform spaces, a uniform space is called acomplete uniform space In the mathematical field of topology, a uniform space is a set with a uniform structure. Uniform spaces are topological spaces with additional structure that is used to define uniform properties such as completeness, uniform continuity and unif ...if each Cauchy filter in $X$ converges in $(X,\; \backslash tau)$ to some point of $X.$

Generalizations

Various generalizations of topological groups can be obtained by weakening the continuity conditions: * A semitopological group is a group with a topology such that for each the two functions defined by and are continuous. * Aquasitopological group
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is a semitopological group in which the function mapping elements to their inverses is also continuous.
* A paratopological group is a group with a topology such that the group operation is continuous.
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