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Jordan curve

Jordan curves

Jordan curves

Definition

A continuous simple closed curve, or Jordan curve, in a topological space (or convergence space, locale, etc) XX is the image of a continuous injection to XX from the unit circle S 1S^1. (This map itself is a continuous parametrization? of the curve.) The word ‘continuous’ is generally assumed, so that one speaks simply of a simple closed curve. (If ‘closed’ is removed, then the domain is taken to be the unit interval B 1B^1 instead of S 1S^1. If ‘simple’ is removed, then the map is no longer assumed injective. If the image alone is not sufficient data, then the word ‘parametrized’ may be added to indicate the map itself while thinking of the map as its image.)

Similarly, a Jordan surface in XX is the image of a continuous injection to XX from the unit sphere S 2S^2. This can be generalized to higher-dimensional spheres or other domains, so long as there is an appropriate term to use in place of ‘curve’ and ‘surface’. In particular, if XX has dimension nn (in some understood sense), then a Jordan hypersurface? in XX is the image of a continuous injection to XX from S n1S^{n-1}.

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