Multilinear maps between locally convex topological vector spaces are important in many respects not least because of their use in infinite dimensional calculus as the homes of higher derivatives. However, outside the realm of normed vector spaces, there is no natural choice of topology on the spaces of multilinear maps.
The definition of an $n$-linear map is straightforward and is an application of the definition at bilinear map.
Let $V$ and $W$ be vector spaces and $n \in \mathbb{N}$. The space of $n$-linear mappings $V \to W$, written $L^n(V,W)$, is the space of set maps $V^n \to W$ with the property that they are linear in each variable.
For $n = 1$ we write $L(V,W)$ and we extend the notation to $n = 0$ where by $L^0(V,W)$ we mean just $W$.
When $V$ and $W$ are LCTVS we can restrict to continuous maps.
Let $V$ and $W$ be locally convex topological vector spaces and $n \in \mathbb{N}$. The space of continuous $n$-linear mappings $V \to W$, written $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$, is the space of continuous maps $V^n \to W$ with the property that they are linear in each variable.
For $n = 1$ we write $\mathcal{L}(V,W)$ and we extend the notation to $n = 0$ where by $\mathcal{L}^0(V,W)$ we mean just $W$.
There are a variety of topologies that one can put on the spaces $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$. The most common are the topologies of uniform convergence on some family of bounded sets of the source.
Let $V$ and $W$ be LCTVS and $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Let $\mathcal{S}$ be a collection of bounded subsets of $V$ which covers $V$. Define $\Lambda_{\mathcal{S}}$ to be the topology on $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$ given by uniform convergence on $\mathcal{S}$. That is, it is the LCTVS structure on $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$ defined by the family of semi-norms:
where $S \in \mathcal{S}$ and $\sigma \colon W \to \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous semi-norm on $W$.
We write $\mathcal{L}^n_{\mathcal{S}}(V,W)$ for the LCTVS with underlying vector space $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$ and topology $\Lambda_{\mathcal{S}}$.
The commonest families in use are:
Of all the topologies definable using Definition , the topology $\Lambda_s$ is the coarsest and $\Lambda_b$ the finest.
The topology of simple convergence ($\Lambda_s$) also makes sense on the spaces $L^n(V,W)$ and we write $L_s^n(V,W)$ for the resulting LCTVS. We have that $\mathcal{L}_s^n(V,W) \subseteq L^n_s(V,W) \subset W^{V^n}$ (with the product topology) are topological embeddings.
For any suitable family of bounded sets, $\mathcal{S}$, the natural map $\mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^{n+m}(V,W) \to \mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^n(V,\mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^m(V,W))$ is a topological embedding.
If $V$ is metrisable, $W$ arbitrary, and $\mathcal{S}$ contains all compact sets then $\mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^{n+m}(V,W) \to \mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^n(V,\mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^m(V,W))$ is an isomorphism.
If $V$ is metrisable and barrelled, $W$ arbitrary, and $\mathcal{S}$ arbitrary then $\mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^{n+m}(V,W) \to \mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^n(V,\mathcal{L}_{\mathcal{S}}^m(V,W))$ is an isomorphism.
The definition of $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$ requires the maps $V^n \to W$ to be continuous in the product topology. On the other hand, the linearity is required only on a per-factor basis. It is possible to make the continuity requirement also work on a per-factor basis using the notion of hypocontinuity?. For this we need to fix the type of continuity first.
Let $V$ and $W$ be LCTVS and $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Let $\mathcal{S}$ be a family of bounded subsets of $V$ which cover $V$. We define $\mathcal{H}^n_{\mathcal{S}}(V,W)$ inductively by:
A topological vector space defines a convergence vector space with the same underlying vector space and the same continuous mappings (that is to say, the functor from topological vector spaces to convergence vector spaces is full and faithful and respects the vector space functor). The construction of the spaces of continuous multilinear operators makes sense for convergence vector spaces as well as for topological ones. The resulting spaces of multilinear operators has several useful structures as a convergence vector space which are not topological.
Let $V$ and $W$ be convergence vector spaces. The continuous convergence structure on $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$ is the coarsest convergence structure which makes the evaluation map $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W) \times V^n \to W$ continuous. The resulting convergence space (which is a convergence vector space) is written $\mathcal{L}^n_c(V,W)$.
The structure of bounded convergence (resp. quasi-bounded convergence) on $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$ is defined by the following requirement: for every filter $\mathcal{F}$ on $\mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$ and every $u \in \mathcal{L}^n(V,W)$ then $\mathcal{F} \to u$ if and only if $(\mathcal{F} - u)(\mathcal{B}^n) \to 0$ in $W$ for every bounded (resp. quasi-bounded) filter $\mathcal{B}$ on $V$. The resulting convergence vector space is written $\mathcal{L}_b^n(V,W)$ (resp. $\mathcal{L}_{q b}^n(V,W)$.
Recall that a filter is bounded if it contains a bounded set and is quasi-bounded if the filter $\mathcal{V} \cdot \mathcal{F} \to 0$ where $\mathcal{V}$ is the filter of $0$-neighbourhoods in $\mathbb{R}$.
If both $V$ and $W$ are LCTVS then the two notions of bounded convergence agree.
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