In mathematics, particularly in functional analysis, a bornological space is a type of space which, in some sense, possesses the minimum amount of structure needed to address questions of boundedness of sets and functions, in the same way that a topological space possesses the minimum amount of structure needed to address questions of continuity. Bornological spaces were first studied by Mackey and their name was given by Bourbaki.
Let X be any set. A bornology on X is a collection B of subsets of X such that
- B covers X, i.e.
- B is stable under inclusions, i.e. if A ∈ B and A′ ⊆ A, then A′ ∈ B;
- B is stable under finite unions, i.e. if B1, ..., Bn ∈ B, then
Elements of the collection B are usually called bounded sets. However, if it is necessary to differentiate this formal usage of the term "bounded" with traditional uses, elements of the collection B may also be called bornivorous sets. The pair (X, B) is called a bornological set.
A base of the bornology B is a subset of B such that each element of B is a subset of an element of .
- For any set X, the discrete topology of X is a bornology.
- For any set X, the set of finite (or countably infinite) subsets of X is a bornology.
- For any topological space X that is T1, the set of subsets of X with compact closure is a bornology.
If and are two bornologies over the spaces and , respectively, and if is a function, then we say that is a bounded map if it maps -bounded sets in to -bounded sets in . If in addition is a bijection and is also bounded then we say that is a bornological isomorphism.
- If and are any two topological vector spaces (they need not even be Hausdorff) and if is a continuous linear operator between them, then is a bounded linear operator (when and have their von-Neumann bornologies). The converse is in general false.
- Suppose that X and Y are locally convex spaces and that is a linear map. Then the following are equivalent:
If is a vector space over a field K and then a vector bornology on is a bornology B on that is stable under vector addition, scalar multiplication, and the formation of balanced hulls (i.e. if the sum of two bounded sets is bounded, etc.). If in addition B is stable under the formation of convex hulls (i.e. the convex hull of a bounded set is bounded) then B is called a convex vector bornology. And if the only bounded subspace of is the trivial subspace (i.e. the space consisting only of ) then it is called separated. A subset A of B is called bornivorous if it absorbs every bounded set. In a vector bornology, A is bornivorous if it absorbs every bounded balanced set and in a convex vector bornology A is bornivorous if it absorbs every bounded disk.
Bornology of a topological vector space
Every topological vector space X gives a bornology on X by defining a subset to be bounded (or von-Neumann bounded), if and only if for all open sets containing zero there exists a with . If X is a locally convex topological vector space then is bounded if and only if all continuous semi-norms on X are bounded on B.
The set of all bounded subsets of X is called the bornology or the Von-Neumann bornology of X.
Suppose that we start with a vector space and convex vector bornology B on . If we let T denote the collection of all sets that are convex, balanced, and bornivorous then T forms neighborhood basis at 0 for a locally convex topology on that is compatible with the vector space structure of .
In functional analysis, a bornological space is a locally convex topological vector space whose topology can be recovered from its bornology in a natural way. Explicitly, a Hausdorff locally convex space with continuous dual is called a bornological space if any one of the following equivalent conditions holds:
- The locally convex topology induced by the von-Neumann bornology on is the same as 's initial topology,
- Every bounded semi-norm on is continuous,
- For all locally convex spaces Y, every bounded linear operator from into is continuous.
- X is the inductive limit of normed spaces.
- X is the inductive limit of the normed spaces X_D as D varies over the closed and bounded disks of X (or as D varies over the bounded disks of X).
- Every convex, balanced, and bornivorous set in is a neighborhood of .
- X caries the Mackey topology and all bounded linear functionals on X are continuous.
- has both of the following properties:
where a subset A of is called sequentially open if every sequence converging to 0 eventually belongs to A.
The following topological vector spaces are all bornological:
- Any metrisable locally convex space is bornological. In particular, any Fréchet space.
- Any LF-space (i.e. any locally convex space that is the strict inductive limit of Fréchet spaces).
- Separated quotients of bornological spaces are bornological.
- The locally convex direct sum and inductive limit of bornological spaces is bornological.
- Fréchet Montel have a bornological strong dual.
- Given a bornological space X with continuous dual X′, then the topology of X coincides with the Mackey topology τ(X,X′).
- In particular, bornological spaces are Mackey spaces.
- Every quasi-complete (i.e. all closed and bounded subsets are complete) bornological space is barrelled. There exist, however, bornological spaces that are not barrelled.
- Every bornological space is the inductive limit of normed spaces (and Banach spaces if the space is also quasi-complete).
- Let be a metrizable locally convex space with continuous dual . Then the following are equivalent:
- is bornological,
- is quasi-barrelled,
- is barrelled,
- is a distinguished space.
- If is bornological, is a locally convex TVS, and is a linear map, then the following are equivalent:
- The strong dual of a bornological space is complete, but it need not be bornological.
- Closed subspaces of bornological space need not be bornological.
Suppose that X is a topological vector space. Then we say that a subset D of X is a disk if it is convex and balanced. The disk D is absorbing in the space span(D) and so its Minkowski functional forms a seminorm on this space, which is denoted by or by . When we give span(D) the topology induced by this seminorm, we denote the resulting topological vector space by . A basis of neighborhoods of 0 of this space consists of all sets of the form r D where r ranges over all positive real numbers.
This space is not necessarily Hausdorff as is the case, for instance, if we let and D be the x-axis. However, if D is a bounded disk and if X is Hausdorff, then is a norm and is a normed space. If D is a bounded sequentially complete disk and X is Hausdorff, then the space is a Banach space. A bounded disk in X for which is a Banach space is called a Banach disk, infracomplete, or a bounded completant.
Suppose that X is a locally convex Hausdorff space and that D is a bounded disk in X. Then
- Any closed and bounded disk in a Banach space is a Banach disk.
- If U is a convex balanced closed neighborhood of 0 in X then the collection of all neighborhoods r U, where r > 0 ranges over the positive real numbers, induces a topological vector space topology on X. When X has this topology, it is denoted by X_U. Since this topology is not necessarily Hausdorff nor complete, the completion of the Hausdorff space is denoted by so that is a complete Hausdorff space and is a norm on this space making into a Banach space. The polar of U, , is a weakly compact bounded equicontinuous disk in and so is infracomplete.
A disk in a topological vector space X is called infrabornivorous if it absorbs all Banach disks. If X is locally convex and Hausdorff, then a disk is infrabornivorous if and only if it absorbs all compact disks. A locally convex space is called ultrabornological if any of the following conditions hold:
- every infrabornivorous disk is a neighborhood of 0,
- X be the inductive limit of the spaces as D varies over all compact disks in X,
- A seminorm on X that is bounded on each Banach disk is necessarily continuous,
- For every locally convex space Y and every linear map , if u is bounded on each Banach disk then u is continuous.
- For every Banach space Y and every linear map , if u is bounded on each Banach disk then u is continuous.
- The finite product of ultrabornological spaces is ultrabornological.
- Inductive limits of ultrabornological spaces are ultrabornological.