# nLab Cauchy space

### Context

#### Topology

topology

algebraic topology

# Cauchy spaces

## Idea

A Cauchy space is a generalisation of a metric space with a bare minimum of structure for the concepts of Cauchy sequence, Cauchy-continuous map, and Cauchy completion to make sense. Topologically (that is, up to continuous maps), any Cauchy space is a convergence space, but not much more than that. Besides Cauchy sequences, we can also speak more generally of Cauchy nets and Cauchy filters in a Cauchy space; in fact, the usual definition is in terms of Cauchy filters.

## Definitions

A Cauchy space is a set $S$ together with a collection of proper filters declared to be Cauchy filters. These must satisfy axioms:

1. Centred: The principal ultrafilter $F_x = \{ A \;|\; x \in A \}$ at $x$ is Cauchy;
2. Isotone: If $F \subseteq G$ and $F$ is a Cauchy filter (and $G$ is at least a proper filter), then $G$ is Cauchy;
3. Locally filtered: If $F$ and $G$ are Cauchy filters and $F \vee G$ (the filter generated by $F \cup G$) is proper, then $F \cap G$ is Cauchy.

That is, the set of Cauchy filters is a local filter of proper filters that contains all principal ultrafilters (sort of a tongue twister).

The definition can also be phrased in terms of nets; a Cauchy net is a net whose eventuality filter is Cauchy. In particular, a Cauchy sequence is a sequence whose eventuality filter is Cauchy.

The morphisms of Cauchy spaces are the Cauchy-continuous functions; a function $f$ between Cauchy spaces is Cauchy-continuous if $f(F)$ is a (base of a) Cauchy filter whenever $F$ is. In this way, Cauchy spaces form a concrete category $Cau$.

## Examples

Any metric space is a Cauchy space: $F$ is a Cauchy filter iff it has elements of arbitrarily small diameter. This reconstructs the usual definitions of Cauchy sequence and Cauchy-continuous map for metric spaces. (In particular, a map between metric spaces is Cauchy-continuous iff it maps every Cauchy sequence to a Cauchy sequence; the result for general nets follows since a metric space is sequential.) The forgetful functor from $Met$ (metric spaces and short maps) to $Cau$ is faithful but not full.

More generally, any uniform space is a Cauchy space: $F$ is a Cauchy filter if, given any entourage $U$, $A \times A \subseteq U$ for some $A \in F$. This reconstructs the usual definitions of Cauchy net and Cauchy-continuous map for uniform spaces. (In general, we need nets rather than just sequences here.) The forgetful functor from $Unif$ (uniform spaces and uniformly continuous maps) to $Cau$ is faithful but still not full.

Assuming the ultrafilter principle (and excluded middle, which might follow from the ultrafilter principle for all that I know), we may take any collection $U$ of free ultrafilters and define a proper filter $F$ to be Cauchy if (hence iff) every free ultrafilter that refines $F$ belongs to $U$.

## Properties

Every Cauchy space is a convergence space; $F \to x$ if the intersection of $F$ with the principal ultrafilter $F_x$ is Cauchy. Note that any convergent proper filter must be Cauchy. Conversely, if every Cauchy filter is convergent, then the Cauchy space is called complete.

The set of Cauchy filters on a Cauchy space has a natural Cauchy structure which is complete and (as a convergence space) preregular; we identify the indistinguishable Cauchy filters to get a Hausdorff space, the Hausdorff completion of the original Cauchy space. The complete Hausdorff Cauchy spaces thus form a reflective subcategory of $Cau$. This completion agrees with the completion of a metric or uniform space; that is, Cauchy completion, even of a metric space, is an operation on its Cauchy structure only.

Conversely, every Hausdorff convergence space becomes a complete Hausdorff Cauchy space upon declaring that the Cauchy filters are precisely the convergent proper filters. The convergence structure on this Cauchy space matches the original convergence structure.

A Cauchy space $S$ is precompact (or totally bounded) if every proper filter is contained in a Cauchy filter. Equivalently (assuming the ultrafilter principle), $S$ is precompact iff every ultrafilter is Cauchy. A Cauchy space is compact (as a convergence space) iff it is both complete and precompact. Conversely, it is precompact iff its completion is compact.

## References

• Eva Lowen-Colebunder, Function Classes of Cauchy Continuous Maps Dekker, New York, 1989

Revised on August 31, 2015 18:06:28 by Toby Bartels (64.89.58.198)