Definition:Product Topology/Finite Product

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Let $I$ be a finite indexing set.

Let $\family {\struct {X_i, \tau_i} }_{i \mathop \in I}$ be an indexed family of topological spaces indexed by $I$.

Let $\XX$ be the cartesian product of $\family {X_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$:

$\ds \XX := \prod_{i \mathop \in I} X_i$

For each $i \in I$, let $\pr_i: \XX \to X_i$ denote the $i$th projection on $\XX$:

$\forall \family {x_j}_{j \mathop \in I} \in \XX: \map {\pr_i} {\family {x_j}_{j \mathop \in I} } = x_i$

The product topology on $\XX$ is defined as the initial topology $\tau$ on $\XX$ with respect to $\family {\pr_i}_{i \mathop \in I}$.

That is, $\tau$ is the topology generated by:

$\SS = \set {\pr_i^{-1} \sqbrk U: i \in I, U \in \tau_i}$

where $\pr_i^{-1} \sqbrk U$ denotes the preimage of $U$ under $\pr_i$.

Two Factor Spaces

Let $\struct {S_1, \tau_1}$ and $\struct {S_2, \tau_2}$ be topological spaces.

Let $S_1 \times S_2$ be the cartesian product of $S_1$ and $S_2$.

The product topology $\tau$ on $S_1 \times S_2$ is the topology generated by the natural basis:

$\BB = \set {U_1 \times U_2: U_1 \in \tau_1, U_2 \in \tau_2}$

Factor Space

Each of the topological spaces $\struct {X_i, \tau_i}$ are called the factors of $\struct {\XX, \tau}$, and can be referred to as factor spaces.

Also known as

The product topology is also known as the Tychonoff topology, named for Andrey Nikolayevich Tychonoff.

While both of these terms are commonly used on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$, the preference is for product topology.

Various other terms can be found in the literature for the product space, for example:

direct product
topological product
Tychonoff product

but these terms are less precise, and there exists the danger of confusion with other similar uses of these terms in different contexts.

Note that the topological space $\struct {\XX, \tau}$ itself is never referred to as a Tychonoff space.

This is because a Tychonoff space is a different concept altogether.

Also see

  • Results about the product topology can be found here.