identity component

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If $G$ is a topological group, then the **identity component** is the connected component of the identity element $e$ in $G$.

The identity component $G_0$ is a closed normal subgroup of $G$.

It is clearly closed (indeed, any connected component is closed). If $g, h \in G_0$, then $g h$ is in the same connected component as $g$ (since $h$ is in the same connected component as $e$ and left multiplication by $g$ is a homeomorphism), which in turn is in the same connected component as $e$. Using similar reasoning, if $g$ is in the connected component as $e$, then $e$ is in the same connected component as $g^{-1}$. Hence $G_0$ is a subgroup.

If $\phi$ is any automorphism of $G$, then $\phi(G_0) = G_0$. (Indeed, $\phi(G_0)$ is a connected set containing $e$ and therefore $\phi(G_0) \subseteq G_0$. Replacing $\phi$ by its inverse $\phi^{-1}$, we similarly have $\phi^{-1}(G_0) \subseteq G_0$ and therefore $G_0 \subseteq \phi(G_0)$.) Applying this to inner automorphisms $\phi$, we conclude that $G_0$ is a normal subgroup of $G$.

**Remark:**$G_0$ need not be open in $G$; for example, for the group of $p$-adic integers, $G_0$ is the (non-open) singleton $\{e\}$. However, if $G$ is locally connected, for example if $G$ is a Lie group, then $G_0$ is open (and therefore also clopen. In this case, $G/G_0$ is discrete (because $G \to G/G_0$ is an open map, implying that the identity and therefore every point in $G/G_0$ is open).

The group $G/G_0$, equipped with the quotient space topology, is a Hausdorff topological group.

Given the fact that $p \colon G \to G/G_0$ is an open surjection, the product $p \times p \colon G \times G \to G/G_0 \times G/G_0$ is also an open surjection and therefore a quotient map. It follows easily from the universal property of quotient maps that the multiplication $G \times G \to G$ therefore descends to a continuous multiplication $G/G_0 \times G/G_0 \to G/G_0$, so that $G/G_0$ is a topological group.

Because a topological group is a uniform space, the Hausdorff condition follows from a weaker separation axiom such as $T_1$ (points are closed). It suffices that the identity of $G/G_0$ be closed. Its complement $C$ is the image under $p$ of the complement of $G_0$ in $G$ (just by examining coset decompositions), which is open. Since $p$ is an open map, it follows that $C$ is open, so that $\{e\}$ is closed, as desired.

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