# Open and closed maps

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In mathematics, more specifically in topology, an open map is a function between two topological spaces that maps open sets to open sets. That is, a function $f:X\to Y$ is open if for any open set $U$ in $X,$ the image $f(U)$ is open in $Y.$ Likewise, a closed map is a function that maps closed sets to closed sets. A map may be open, closed, both, or neither; in particular, an open map need not be closed and vice versa.

Open and closed maps are not necessarily continuous. Further, continuity is independent of openness and closedness in the general case and a continuous function may have one, both, or neither property; this fact remains true even if one restricts oneself to metric spaces. Although their definitions seem more natural, open and closed maps are much less important than continuous maps. Recall that, by definition, a function $f:X\to Y$ is continuous if the preimage of every open set of $Y$ is open in $X.$ (Equivalently, if the preimage of every closed set of $Y$ is closed in $X$ ).

Early study of open maps was pioneered by Simion Stoilow and Gordon Thomas Whyburn.

## Definitions and characterizations

If $S$  is a subset of a topological space then let ${\overline {S}}$  and $\operatorname {Cl} S$  (resp. $\operatorname {Int} S$ ) denote the closure (resp. interior) of $S$  in that space. Let $f:X\to Y$  be a function between topological spaces. If $S$  is any set then $f(S):=\left\{f(s)~:~s\in S\cap \operatorname {domain} f\right\}$  is called the image of $S$  under $f.$

### Competing definitions

There are two different competing, but closely related, definitions of "open map" that are widely used, where both of these definitions can be summarized as: "it is a map that sends open sets to open sets." The following terminology is sometimes used to distinguish between the two definitions.

A map $f:X\to Y$  is called a

• "Strongly open map" if whenever $U$  is an open subset of the domain $X$  then $f(U)$  is an open subset of $f$ 's codomain $Y.$
• "Relatively open map" if whenever $U$  is an open subset of the domain $X$  then $f(U)$  is an open subset of $f$ 's image $\operatorname {Im} f:=f(X),$  where as usual, this set is endowed with the subspace topology induced on it by $f$ 's codomain $Y.$ 

A surjective map is relatively open if and only if it strongly open; so for this important special case the definitions are equivalent. More generally, the map $f:X\to Y$  is a relatively open map if and only if the surjection $f:X\to \operatorname {Im} f$  is a strongly open map.

Warning: Many authors define "open map" to mean "relatively open map" (e.g. The Encyclopedia of Mathematics) while others define "open map" to mean "strongly open map". In general, these definitions are not equivalent so it is thus advisable to always check what definition of "open map" an author is using.

Every strongly open map is a relatively open map. And because $X$  is always an open subset of $X,$  the image $f(X)=\operatorname {Im} f$  of a strongly open map $f:X\to Y$  must be an open subset of $Y.$  However, a relatively open map $f:X\to Y$  is a strongly open map if and only if its image $\operatorname {Im} f$  is an open subset of its codomain $Y.$  In summary,

a map is strongly open if and only if it is relatively open and its image is an open subset of its codomain.

By using this characterization, it is often straightforward to apply results involving one of these two definitions of "open map" to a situation involving the other definition. The discussion above will also apply to closed maps if each instance of the word "open" is replaced with the word "closed".

### Open maps

A map $f:X\to Y$  is called an open map or a strongly open map if it satisfies any of the following equivalent conditions:

1. Definition: $f:X\to Y$  maps open subsets of its domain to open subsets of its codomain; that is, for any open subset $U$  of $X$ , $f(U)$  is an open subset of $Y.$
2. $f:X\to Y$  is a relatively open map and its image $\operatorname {Im} f:=f(X)$  is an open subset of its codomain $Y$ .
3. For every $x\in X$  and every neighborhood $N$  of $x$  (however small), there exists a neighborhood $V$  of $f(x)$  such that $V\subseteq f(N)$ .
• Either instance of the word "neighborhood" in this statement can be replaced with "open neighborhood" and the resulting statement would still characterize strongly open maps.
4. $f\left(\operatorname {Int} _{X}A\right)\subseteq \operatorname {Int} _{Y}(f(A))$  for all subsets $A$  of $X,$  where $\operatorname {Int}$  denotes the topological interior of the set.
5. Whenever $C$  is a closed subset of $X$  then the set $\left\{y\in Y~:~f^{-1}(y)\subseteq C\right\}$  is a closed subset of $Y.$ 

and if ${\mathcal {B}}$  is a basis for $X$  then the following can be appended to this list:

1. $f$  maps basic open sets to open sets in its codomain (that is, for any basic open set $B\in {\mathcal {B}},$  $f(B)$  is an open subset of $Y$ ).

### Closed maps

A map $f:X\to Y$  is called a relatively closed map if whenever $C$  is a closed subset of the domain $X$  then $f(C)$  is a closed subset of $f$ 's image $\operatorname {Im} f:=f(X),$  where as usual, this set is endowed with the subspace topology induced on it by $f$ 's codomain $Y.$

A map $f:X\to Y$  is called a closed map or a strongly closed map if it satisfies any of the following equivalent conditions:

1. Definition: $f:X\to Y$  maps closed subsets of its domain to closed subsets of its codomain; that is, for any closed subset $C$  of $X,$  $f(C)$  is an closed subset of $Y.$
2. $f:X\to Y$  is a relatively closed map and its image $\operatorname {Im} f:=f(X)$  is a closed subset of its codomain $Y.$
3. ${\overline {f(A)}}\subseteq f\left({\overline {A}}\right)$  for every subset $A\subseteq X.$
4. Whenever $U$  is an open subset of $X$  then the set $\left\{y\in Y~:~f^{-1}(y)\subseteq U\right\}$  is an open subset of $Y.$

A surjective map is strongly closed if and only if it a relatively closed. So for this important special case, the two definitions are equivalent. By definition, the map $f:X\to Y$  is a relatively closed map if and only if the surjection $f:X\to \operatorname {Im} f$  is a strongly closed map.

## Examples

The function $f:\mathbb {R} \to \mathbb {R}$  defined by $f(x)=x^{2}$  is continuous, closed, and relatively open, but not (strongly) open. This is because if $U=(a,b)$  is any open interval in $f$ 's domain $\mathbb {R}$  that does not contain $0$  then $f(U)=(\min\{a^{2},b^{2}\},\max\{a^{2},b^{2}\}),$  where this open interval is an open subset of both $\mathbb {R}$  and $\operatorname {Im} f:=f(\mathbb {R} )=[0,\infty ).$  However, if $U=(a,b)$  is any open interval in $\mathbb {R}$  that contains $0$  then $f(U)=[0,\max\{a^{2},b^{2}\}),$  which is not an open subset of $f$ 's codomain $\mathbb {R}$  but is an open subset of $\operatorname {Im} f=[0,\infty ).$  Because the set of all open intervals in $\mathbb {R}$  is a basis for the Euclidean topology on $\mathbb {R} ,$  this shows that $f:\mathbb {R} \to \mathbb {R}$  is relatively open but not (strongly) open.

If $Y$  has the discrete topology (i.e. all subsets are open and closed) then every function $f:X\to Y$  is both open and closed (but not necessarily continuous). For example, the floor function from $\mathbb {R}$  to $\mathbb {Z}$  is open and closed, but not continuous. This example shows that the image of a connected space under an open or closed map need not be connected.

Whenever we have a product of topological spaces $X=\prod X_{i},$  the natural projections $p_{i}:X\to X_{i}$  are open (as well as continuous). Since the projections of fiber bundles and covering maps are locally natural projections of products, these are also open maps. Projections need not be closed however. Consider for instance the projection $p_{1}:\mathbb {R} ^{2}\to \mathbb {R}$  on the first component; then the set $A=\{\left(x,1/x\right):x\neq 0\}$  is closed in $\mathbb {R} ^{2},$  but $p_{1}(A)=\mathbb {R} \setminus \{0\}$  is not closed in $\mathbb {R} .$  However, for a compact space $Y,$  the projection $X\times Y\to X$  is closed. This is essentially the tube lemma.

To every point on the unit circle we can associate the angle of the positive $x$ -axis with the ray connecting the point with the origin. This function from the unit circle to the half-open interval [0,2π) is bijective, open, and closed, but not continuous. It shows that the image of a compact space under an open or closed map need not be compact. Also note that if we consider this as a function from the unit circle to the real numbers, then it is neither open nor closed. Specifying the codomain is essential.

## Sufficient conditions

Every homeomorphism is open, closed, and continuous. In fact, a bijective continuous map is a homeomorphism if and only if it is open, or equivalently, if and only if it is closed.

The composition of two open maps (resp. closed maps) $f:X\to Y$  and $g:Y\to Z$  is again an open map (resp. a closed map) $g\circ f:X\to Z.$  If however $\operatorname {Im} f:=f(X)$  is not an open (resp. not a closed) subset of $\operatorname {domain} g=Y$  then this is no longer guaranteed.

The categorical sum of two open maps is open, or of two closed maps is closed. The categorical product of two open maps is open, however, the categorical product of two closed maps need not be closed.

A bijective map is open if and only if it is closed. The inverse of a bijective continuous map is a bijective open/closed map (and vice versa). A surjective open map is not necessarily a closed map, and likewise, a surjective closed map is not necessarily an open map. All local homeomorphisms, including all coordinate charts on manifolds and all covering maps, are open maps.

Closed map lemma — Every continuous function $f:X\to Y$  from a compact space $X$  to a Hausdorff space $Y$  is closed and proper (meaning that preimages of compact sets are compact).

A variant of the closed map lemma states that if a continuous function between locally compact Hausdorff spaces is proper then it is also closed.

In complex analysis, the identically named open mapping theorem states that every non-constant holomorphic function defined on a connected open subset of the complex plane is an open map.

The invariance of domain theorem states that a continuous and locally injective function between two $n$ -dimensional topological manifolds must be open.

Invariance of domain — If $U$  is an open subset of $\mathbb {R} ^{n}$  and $f:U\to \mathbb {R} ^{n}$  is an injective continuous map, then $V:=f(U)$  is open in $\mathbb {R} ^{n}$  and $f$  is a homeomorphism between $U$  and $V.$

In functional analysis, the open mapping theorem states that every surjective continuous linear operator between Banach spaces is an open map. This theorem has been generalized to topological vector spaces beyond just Banach spaces.

A surjective map $f:X\to Y$  is called an almost open map if for every $y\in Y$  there exists some $x\in f^{-1}(y)$  such that $x$  is a point of openness for $f,$  which by definition means that for every open neighborhood $U$  of $x,$  $f(U)$  is a neighborhood of $f(x)$  in $Y$  (note that the neighborhood $f(U)$  is not required to be an open neighborhood). Every surjective open map is an almost open map but in general, the converse is not necessarily true. If a surjection $f:(X,\tau )\to (Y,\sigma )$  is an almost open map then it will be an open map if it satisfies the following condition (a condition that does not depend in any way on $Y$ 's topology $\sigma$ ):

whenever $m,n\in X$  belong to the same fiber of $f$  (i.e. $f(m)=f(n)$ ) then for every neighborhood $U\in \tau$  of $m,$  there exists some neighborhood $V\in \tau$  of $n$  such that $F(V)\subseteq F(U).$

If the map is continuous then the above condition is also necessary for the map to be open. That is, if $f:X\to Y$  is a continuous surjection then it is an open map if and only if it is almost open and it satisfies the above condition.

## Properties

Let $f:X\to Y$  be a map. Given any subset $T\subseteq Y,$  if $f:X\to Y$  is a relatively open (resp. relatively closed, strongly open, strongly closed, continuous, surjective) map then the same is true of its restriction

$f{\big \vert }_{f^{-1}(T)}~:~f^{-1}(T)\to T$

to the $f$ -saturated subset $f^{-1}(T).$

### Open or closed maps that are continuous

If $f:X\to Y$  is a continuous map that is also open or closed then:

• if $f$  is a surjection then it is a quotient map and even a hereditarily quotient map,
• A surjective map $f:X\to Y$  is called hereditarily quotient if for every subset $T\subseteq Y,$  the restriction $f{\big \vert }_{f^{-1}(T)}~:~f^{-1}(T)\to T$  is a quotient map.
• if $f$  is an injection then it is a topological embedding.
• if $f$  is a bijection then it is a homeomorphism.

In the first two cases, being open or closed is merely a sufficient condition for the conclusion that follows. In the third case, it is necessary as well.

### Open continuous maps

If $f:X\to Y$  is a continuous (strongly) open map, $A\subseteq X,$  and $S\subseteq Y,$  then:

• $f^{-1}\left(\operatorname {Bd} _{Y}S\right)=\operatorname {Bd} _{X}\left(f^{-1}(S)\right)$  where $\operatorname {Bd}$  denotes the boundary of a set.
• $f^{-1}\left({\overline {S}}\right)={\overline {f^{-1}(S)}}$  where ${\overline {S}}$  denote the closure of a set.
• If ${\overline {A}}={\overline {\operatorname {Int} _{X}A}},$  where $\operatorname {Int}$  denotes the interior of a set, then
${\overline {\operatorname {Int} _{Y}f(A)}}={\overline {f(A)}}={\overline {f\left(\operatorname {Int} _{X}A\right)}}={\overline {f\left({\overline {\operatorname {Int} _{X}A}}\right)}}$

where this set ${\overline {f(A)}}$  is also necessarily a regular closed set (in $Y$ ).[note 1] In particular, if $A$  is a regular closed set then so is ${\overline {f(A)}}.$  And if $A$  is a regular open set then so is $Y\setminus {\overline {f(X\setminus A)}}.$
• If the continuous open map $f:X\to Y$  is also surjective then $\operatorname {Int} _{X}f^{-1}(S)=f^{-1}\left(\operatorname {Int} _{Y}S\right)$  and moreover, $S$  is a regular open (resp. a regular closed)[note 1] subset of $Y$  if and only if $f^{-1}(S)$  is a regular open (resp. a regular closed) subset of $X.$