A topological group is a group endowed with a topology such that the multiplication and inverse operations of are continuous (http://planetmath.org/Continuous). That is, the map defined by is continuous, where the topology on is the product topology, and the map defined by is also continuous.
A topology on a group that makes into a topology group is called a group topology for .
Any group becomes a topological group if it is given the discrete topology.
Any group becomes a topological group if it is given the indiscrete topology.
Profinite groups are another important class of topological groups; they arise, for example, in infinite Galois theory.
Subgroups, quotients and products
Every subgroup (http://planetmath.org/Subgroup) of a topological group either has empty interior or is clopen. In particular, all proper subgroups of a connected topological group have empty interior. The closure of any subgroup is also a subgroup, and the closure of a normal subgroup is normal (for proofs, see the entry “closure of sets closed under a finitary operation (http://planetmath.org/ClosureOfSetsClosedUnderAFinitaryOperation)”). A subgroup of a topological group is itself a topological group, with the subspace topology.
If is a topological group and is a normal subgroup of , then the quotient group is also a topological group, with the quotient topology. This quotient is Hausdorff if and only if is a closed subset of .
If is a family of topological groups, then the unrestricted direct product is also a topological group, with the product topology.
Let and be topological groups, and let be a function.
The function is said to be a homomorphism of topological groups if it is a group homomorphism and is also continuous. It is said to be an isomorphism of topological groups if it is both a group isomorphism and a homeomorphism.
While every group can be made into a topological group, the same cannot be said of every topological space. In this section we mention some of the properties that the underlying topological space must have.
Every topological group is bihomogeneous and completely regular (http://planetmath.org/Tychonoff). Note that our earlier claim that a topological group is Hausdorff if and only if its trivial subgroup is closed follows from this: if the trivial subgroup is closed, then homogeneity ensures that all singletons are closed, and so the space is (http://planetmath.org/T1Space), and being completely regular is therefore Hausdorff. A topological group is not necessarily http://planetmath.org/node/1530normal, however, a counterexample being the unrestricted direct product of uncountably many copies of the discrete group .
Every topological group is obviously an H-space. Consequently, the fundamental group of a topological group is abelian. Note that because topological groups are homogeneous, the fundamental group does not depend (up to isomorphism) on the choice of basepoint.
Every connected locally compact topological group is -compact.
Every topological group possesses a natural uniformity, which induces the topology. See the entry about the uniformity of a topological group (http://planetmath.org/UniformStructureOfATopologicalGroup).
A locally compact topological group possesses a natural measure, called the Haar measure.
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