Spherically complete field
In mathematics, a field K with an absolute value is called spherically complete if the intersection of every decreasing sequence of balls (in the sense of the metric induced by the absolute value) is nonempty:
The definition can be adapted also to a field K with a valuation v taking values in an arbitrary ordered abelian group: (K,v) is spherically complete if every collection of balls that is totally ordered by inclusion has a nonempty intersection.
Spherically complete fields are important in nonarchimedean functional analysis, since many results analogous to theorems of classical functional analysis require the base field to be spherically complete.
- Any locally compact field is spherically complete. This includes, in particular, the fields Qp of p-adic numbers, and any of their finite extensions.
- On the other hand, Cp, the completion of the algebraic closure of Qp, is not spherically complete.
- Any field of Hahn series is spherically complete.