A Counterexample for Metrizability

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:00 to 12:00
703 Thackeray Hall
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University of Pittsburgh

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A partially ordered set $P$ is said to have calibre $(\omega_1,\omega)$ if every uncountable subset of $P$ contains an infinite subset with an upper bound in $P$. It is conjectured that if $X$ is a compact space such that $K(X^2/D)$ has calibre $(\omega_1,\omega)$, where $D$ is the diagonal in $X^2$ and $K(Y)$ denotes the hyperspace of compact subsets of $Y$, then $X$ is metrizable. In this talk, we show that the weaker condition that a compactum $X$ has relative calibre $(\omega_1,\omega)$ in $K(X^2/D)$ does not imply metrizability of $X$. The example exploits a technique of van Douwen.

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