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Let be an indexing set, and be a family of topological spaces. Define:
to be the Cartesian product of the s. The box topology is a topology on in terms of the topologies on s defined in the following equivalent ways:
- It is a topology with basis as the open boxes or open rectangles: sets of the form where each is open in
- Given a basis for each space , it is a topology with basis as sets of the form , where each is a basis element of
Equivalence of definitions
Product topology is a related, and more useful, topology on the Cartesian product of topological spaces. In fact, the default topology endowed on the Cartesian product of topological spaces is the product topology. The box topology and product topology are equal for products of only finitely many spaces. For infinite products, the product topology is a coarser topology, because it admits in its basis only those open rectangles where all but finitely many of the open sides are the whole space.
A list of properties of topological spaces closed under taking box products is available at Category:Properties of topological spaces closed under box products.
- Topology (2nd edition) by James R. MunkresMore info, Page 114, Chapter 2, Section 19