Given a time-oriented Lorentzian manifold $\Sigma$, then for a pont $x \in \Sigma$
its open future cone is the set of all points $y$ distinct from $x$ such that there is a future-directed time-like curve from $x$ to $y$;
its closed future cone is the set of all points $y$ such that there is a future-directed time-like or light-like curve from $x$ to $y$;
its open past cone is the set of all points $y$ distinct from $x$ such that there is a past-directed time-like curve from $x$ to $y$;
its closed past cone is the set of all points $y$ such that there is a past-directed time-like or light-like curve from $x$ to $y$.
The boundary of the union of the past and future closed cone is the light cone of the point.
Given a subset $S \subset X$, then its future/past open/closed cone is the union of that of all its points. The open cones above are conical spaces.
The complement of the (closed) causal cone is the causal complement.
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