Difference between revisions of "Connected topological group"

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# [[Connected implies no proper open subgroup]]
* [[Connected implies no proper open subgroup]]: The converse holds for [[locally connected topological group]]s.

Revision as of 21:30, 12 January 2012

This article defines a property that can be evaluated for a topological group (usually, a T0 topological group)
View a complete list of such properties


Symbol-free definition

A topological group is termed connected if it satisfies the following equivalent conditions:

  1. It is connected as a topological space.
  2. The connected component of the identity element equals the whole group.

Equivalence of definitions

Definitions (1) and (2) are clearly equivalent.

Alternative definition for a locally connected topological group

For a locally connected topological group, being connected is equivalent to having no proper open subgroup.

In particular, this alternate definition applies to algebraic groups equipped with the Zariski topology, as well as to Lie groups. For more, see equivalence of definitions of connected algebraic group and equivalence of definitions of connected Lie group.