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Cauchy space

In general topology and analysis, a Cauchy space is a generalization of metric spaces and uniform spaces for which the notion of Cauchy convergence still makes sense. Cauchy spaces were introduced by H. H. Keller in 1968, as an axiomatic tool derived from the idea of a Cauchy filter, in order to study completeness in topological spaces. The category of Cauchy spaces and Cauchy continuous maps is cartesian closed, and contains the category of proximity spaces.

A Cauchy space is a set X and a collection C of proper filters in the power set P(X) such that

  1. for each x in X, the ultrafilter at x, U(x), is in C.
  2. if F is in C, and F is a subset of G, then G is in C.
  3. if F and G are in C and each member of F intersects each member of G, then FG is in C.

An element of C is called a Cauchy filter, and a map f between Cauchy spaces (X,C) and (Y,D) is Cauchy continuous if f(C)⊆D; that is, each the image of each Cauchy filter in X is Cauchy in Y.


  • Properties and definitions 1
  • Examples 2
  • Category of Cauchy spaces 3
  • References 4

Properties and definitions

Any Cauchy space is also a convergence space, where a filter F converges to x if FU(x) is Cauchy. In particular, a Cauchy space carries a natural topology.


  • Any directed set A may be made into a Cauchy space by declaring a filter F to be Cauchy if, given any element n of A, there is an element U of F such that U is either a singleton or a subset of the tail {m | m ≥ n}. Then given any other Cauchy space X, the Cauchy-continuous functions from A to X are the same as the Cauchy nets in X indexed by A. If X is complete, then such a function may be extended to the completion of A, which may be written A ∪ {∞}; the value of the extension at ∞ will be the limit of the net. In the case where A is the set {1, 2, 3, …} of natural numbers (so that a Cauchy net indexed by A is the same as a Cauchy sequence), then A receives the same Cauchy structure as the metric space {1, 1/2, 1/3, …}.

Category of Cauchy spaces

The natural notion of morphism between Cauchy spaces is that of a Cauchy-continuous function, a concept that had earlier been studied for uniform spaces.


  • Eva Lowen-Colebunders (1989). Function Classes of Cauchy Continuous Maps. Dekker, New York, 1989.
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