Tychonoff product

The *Tychonoff product* (named for Andrey Tikhonov) is simply the product in the category Top of topological spaces and continuous maps.

It is the usual notion of ‘product’ of topological spaces, but should be distinguished from the box product?, which is sometimes useful. (They are the same for finite products.)

Let $(X_i)_i$ be a family of topological spaces. Consider the cartesian product $\prod_i {|X_i|}$ of the underlying sets of these spaces. This set comes with projection maps $\pi_i\colon \prod_j {|X_j|} \to X_i$.

The **Tychonoff topology** or **product topology** on $\prod_i {|X_i|}$ is the initial topology generated by the $\pi_i$. The **Tychonoff product** or **topological product** or simply **product** of the spaces $X_i$ is the set $\prod_i {|X_i|}$ equipped with the Tychonoff product topology.

Of course, the maps $\pi_i$ are continuous maps, so we have a cone in Top.

This is in fact a product cone in $Top$.

Created on September 9, 2012 23:33:05
by Toby Bartels
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