second-countable space

Second-countable spaces



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Second-countable spaces


A space (such as a topological space) is second-countable if, in a certain sense, there is only a countable amount of information globally in its topology. (Change ‘globally’ to ‘locally’ to get a first-countable space.)



(second-countable topological space)

A topological space is second-countable if it has a base for its topology consisting of a countable set of subsets.


A locale is second-countable if there is a countable set BB of open subspaces (elements of the frame of opens) such that every open GG is a join of some subset of BB. That is, we have

G={U:B|UG}. G = \bigvee \{ U\colon B \;|\; U \subseteq G \} .


The weight of a space is the minimum of the cardinalities of the possible bases BB. We are implicitly using the axiom of choice here, to suppose that this set of cardinalities (which really is a small set because bounded above by the number of open subspaces, and inhabited by this number as well) has a minimum. But without Choice, we can still consider this collection of cardinalities.

Then a second-countable space is simply one with a countable weight.



(Euclidean space is second-countable)

Let nn \in \mathbb{N}. Consider the Euclidean space n\mathbb{R}^n with its Euclidean metric topology. Then n\mathbb{R}^n is second countable.

A countable set of base open subsets is given by the open balls B x (ϵ)B^\circ_x(\epsilon) of rational radius ϵ 0 0\epsilon \in \mathbb{Q}_{\geq 0} \subset \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0} and centered at points with rational coordinates: x n nx \in \mathbb{Q}^n \subset \mathbb{R}^n.


A compact metric space is second-countable.


A separable metric space, e.g., a Polish space, is second-countable.


It is not true that separable first-countable spaces are second-countable; a counterexample is the real line equipped with the half-open or lower limit topology that has as basis the collection of half-open intervals [a,b)[a, b).


A Hausdorff locally Euclidean space is second-countable precisely it is paracompact and has a countable set of connected components. In this case it is called a topological manifold.

See at topological space this prop..


A countable coproduct (disjoint union space) of second-countable spaces is second-countable.

Countable products (product topological spaces) of second-countable spaces are second-countable.

Subspaces of second-countable spaces are second-countable.


If XX is second-countable and there is an open surjection f:XYf \colon X \to Y, then YY is second-countable.


For second-countable T_3 spaces X,YX, Y, if XX is locally compact, then the mapping space Y XY^X with the compact-open topology is second-countable.

Cf. Urysohn metrization theorem and Polish space. I (Todd Trimble) am uncertain to what extent the T 3T_3 assumption can be removed.


metrisable: topology is induced by a metrica metric space has a σ\sigma-locally discrete base as a corollary of the fact that open covers of metric spaces have open σ \sigma -locally discrete refinements: take σ\sigma-locally discrete refinements of the covers by 1/n1/n-balls for n=1,2,n=1,2,\ldots.
second-countable: there is a countable base of the topology.Nagata-Smirnov metrization theorem
σ\sigma-locally discrete base, i.e. XX has a σ \sigma -locally discrete base.a second-countable space has a σ \sigma -locally finite base: take the the collection of singeltons of all elements of countable cover of XX.
σ\sigma-locally finite base, i.e. XX has a countably locally finite base.second-countable spaces are separable: choose a point in each set of countable cover.
separable: there is a countable dense subset.second-countable spaces are Lindelöf
Lindelöf: every open cover has a countable sub-cover.weakly Lindelöf spaces with countably locally finite base are second countable
weakly Lindelöf: every open cover has a countable subcollection the union of which is dense.separable metacompact spaces are Lindelöf
countable choice: the natural numbers is a projective object in Set.separable spaces are weakly Lindelöf: given a countable dense subset and an open cover choose for each point of the subset an open from the cover.
metacompact: every open cover has a point-finite open refinement.Lindelöf spaces are trivially also weakly Lindelöf.
first-countable: every point has a countable neighborhood basea space with a σ\sigma-locally finite base is first countable: obviously, every point is contained in at most countably many sets of a σ\sigma-locally finite base.
Frechet-Uryson space: the closure of a set AA consists precisely of all limit points of sequences in AAa first-countable space is Fréchet-Urysohn: obvious
sequential topological space: a set AA is closed if it contains all limit points of sequences in AAobviously, a Fréchet-Uryson space is sequential
countably tight: for each subset AA and each point xA¯x\in \overline A there is a countable subset DAD\subseteq A such that xD¯x\in \overline D.obviously, a sequential space is countably tight.

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