# ordered space

Definition. A set $X$ that is both a topological space  and a poset is variously called a topological ordered space, ordered topological space, or simply an ordered space. Note that there is no compatibility conditions imposed on $X$. In other words, the topology $\mathcal{T}$ and the partial ordering $\leq$ on $X$ operate independently of one another.

If the partial order is a total order  , then $X$ is called a totally ordered space. In some literature, a totally ordered space is called an ordered space. In this entry, however, an ordered space is always a partially ordered space.

One can construct an ordered space from a set with fewer structures  .

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For example, any topological space is trivially an ordered space, with the partial order defined by $a\leq b$ iff $a=b$. But this is not so interesting. A more interesting example is to take a $T_{0}$ space $X$, and define $a\leq b$ iff $a\in\overline{\{b\}}$. The relation  so defined turns out to be a partial order on $X$, called the specialization order, making $X$ an ordered space.

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On the other hand, given any poset $P$, we can arbitrarily assign a topology on it, making it an ordered space, so that every poset is trivially an ordered space. Again this is not very interesting.

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A slightly more useful example is to take a poset $P$, and take

 $\mathcal{L}(P):=\{P-\uparrow\!\!x\mid x\in P\},$

the family of all set complements  of principal upper sets of $P$, as the subbasis for the topology $\omega(P)$ of $P$. The topology $\omega(P)$ so generated is called the lower topology on $P$.

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Dually, if we take

 $\mathcal{U}(P):=\{P-\downarrow\!\!x\mid x\in P\},$

as the subbasis, we get the upper topology on $P$, denoted by $\nu(P)$.

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In the lower topology $\omega(P)$ of $P$, if $y\in P-\uparrow\!\!x$, then either $y (strict inequality  ) or $x\shortparallel y$ (incomparable with $x$). If $x$ is an isolated element, then $P-\uparrow\!\!x=P-\{x\}$. This means that $\{x\}$ is a closed set  . Similarly, $\{x\}$ is closed in the upper topology $\nu(P)$.

If $x$ is the top element of $P$, then $\{x\}$ is a closed set in $\omega(P)$, since $P-\uparrow\!\!x=P-\{x\}$ is open. Similarly $\{x\}$ is closed in $\nu(P)$ if $x$ is the bottom element in $P$.

If $P$ is totally ordered, there are no isolated elements. As a result, we may write $P-\uparrow\!\!x$ in a more familiar fashion: $(-\infty,x)$. Similarly, $P-\downarrow\!\!x$ may be written as $(x,\infty)$.

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Things get more interesting when we take the common refinement of $\omega(P)$ and $\nu(P)$. What we end up with is called the interval topology of $P$.

When $P$ is totally ordered, the interval topology on $P$ has

 $\mathcal{I}(P):=\{(x,y)\mid x,y\in P\}$

as a subbasis, where $(x,y)$ denotes the open poset interval, consisting of elements $a\in P$ such that $x. Since finite intersections  of open poset intervals is a poset interval, an open set in $P$ can be written as an (arbitrary) union of open poset intervals.

As an example, the usual topology on $\mathbb{R}$ is precisely the interval topology generated by the linear order on $\mathbb{R}$.

Remark. It is a common practice in mathematics to impose special compatibility conditions on a structure having two inherent substructures so the substructures inter-relate, so that one can derive more interesting fruitful results. This is true also in the case of an ordered space. Let $X$ be an ordered space. Below are some of the common conditions that can be imposed on $X$:

• $X$ is said to be upper semiclosed if $\uparrow\!\!x$ is a closed set for every $x\in X$.

• Similarly, $X$ is lower semiclosed if $\downarrow\!\!x$ is closed in $X$.

• $X$ is semiclosed if it is both upper and lower semiclosed.

• If $\leq$, as a subset of $X\times X$, is closed in the product topology, then $X$ is called a pospace.

Other structures, such as ordered topological vector spaces, topological lattices (http://planetmath.org/TopologicalLattice), and topological vector lattices (http://planetmath.org/TopologicalVectorLattice) are ordered spaces with algebraic structures  satisfying certain additional compatibility conditions. Please click on the links for details.

## References

• 1 G. Gierz, K. H. Hofmann, K. Keimel, J. D. Lawson, M. W. Mislove, D. S. Scott, , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2003).
 Title ordered space Canonical name OrderedSpace Date of creation 2013-03-22 17:05:36 Last modified on 2013-03-22 17:05:36 Owner CWoo (3771) Last modified by CWoo (3771) Numerical id 15 Author CWoo (3771) Entry type Definition Classification msc 54E99 Classification msc 06F20 Classification msc 06F30 Synonym ordered topological space Synonym topological ordered space Synonym partially ordered space Synonym partially ordered topological space Related topic OrderTopology Defines upper topology Defines lower topology Defines interval topology Defines upper semiclosed Defines lower semiclosed Defines semiclosed Defines pospace Defines totally ordered space