nLab closed morphism


This entry is about the general concept. For the concept in topology see at closed map.



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Between topological spaces

A continuous function f:XYf \colon X \longrightarrow Y between topological spaces is called a closed map if the image of every closed subset in XX is also closed in YY.

Recall that ff is a continuous map if the preimage of every closed set in YY is closed in XX. For defining closed maps typically one restricts attention to closed continuous maps, although it also makes sense to speak of closed functions that are not continuous.

Between locales


A map f:XYf : X \to Y of locales is closed iff for any uO(X)u \in O(X) and vO(Y)v \in O(Y) the reciprocity relation

f *(uf *v)=f *(u)v f_*(u \vee f^*v) = f_*(u) \vee v

holds. (“\geq” is trivially always satisfied.) The map f *:O(X)O(Y)f_* : O(X) \to O(Y) is the monotone right adjoint to f *:O(Y)O(X)f^* : O(Y) \to O(X), explicitly given by

f *(u)=sup{vO(Y)|f *(v)u}. f_*(u) = \sup\{ v \in O(Y) \,|\, f^*(v) \leq u \}.

Between toposes


A geometric morphism f:f \;\colon\; \mathcal{F} \longrightarrow \mathcal{E} of toposes is closed iff for any object AA \in \mathcal{E}, the induced locale homomorphism

Sub /f *A(1)Sub (1) \mathrm{Sub}_{\mathcal{F}/f^*A}(1) \to \mathrm{Sub}_{\mathcal{E}}(1)

between the spaces of subobjects of the corresponding terminal objects is closed in the sense of def. .


Let AA be an object of a topos \mathcal{E}. Then the canonical etale geometric morphism /AA\mathcal{E}/A \to A is closed iff AA fulfills the following condition, formulated in the internal language:

UA:pΩ:A(U{xA|p})(AU)p. \mathcal{E} \models \forall U \subseteq A{:} \forall p \in \Omega{:} \quad A \subseteq (U \cup \{ x \in A \,|\, p \}) \quad\Rightarrow\quad (A \subseteq U) \vee p.

Note that this condition is satisfied for any AA whatsoever if the internal language of \mathcal{E} is boolean.


Let f:ABf : A \to B be a morphism in a topos \mathcal{E}. Then the induced geometric morphism /A/B\mathcal{E}/A \to \mathcal{E}/B is closed iff, in the internal language of \mathcal{E}, the fibers of ff fulfill the condition displayed at the previous example.


A geometric morphism f:f : \mathcal{F} \to \mathcal{E} is closed iff, in the internal language of \mathcal{E}, the unique locale map f *Ω ptf_* \Omega_{\mathcal{F}} \to \mathrm{pt} into the one-point space (given by the frame Ω \Omega_{\mathcal{E}}) is closed.


Closed maps of locales and toposes are discussed in section C3.2 of

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