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Separation axioms
in topological spaces
Kolmogorov classification
T0 (Kolmogorov)
T1 (Fréchet)
T2 (Hausdorff)
completely T2 (completely Hausdorff)
T3 (regular Hausdorff)
T4 (normal Hausdorff)
T5 (completely normal
T6 (perfectly normal

In topology and related branches of mathematics, a T1 space is a topological space in which, for every pair of distinct points, each has a neighborhood not containing the other point.[1] An R0 space is one in which this holds for every pair of topologically distinguishable points. The properties T1 and R0 are examples of separation axioms.


Let X be a topological space and let x and y be points in X. We say that x and y can be separated if each lies in a neighborhood that does not contain the other point.

A T1 space is also called an accessible space or a space with Fréchet topology and an R0 space is also called a symmetric space. (The term Fréchet space also has an entirely different meaning in functional analysis. For this reason, the term T1 space is preferred. There is also a notion of a Fréchet–Urysohn space as a type of sequential space. The term symmetric space has another meaning.)


If X is a topological space then the following conditions are equivalent:

  1. X is a T1 space.
  2. X is a T0 space and an R0 space.
  3. Points are closed in X; i.e. given any the singleton set is a closed set.
  4. Every subset of X is the intersection of all the open sets containing it.
  5. Every finite set is closed.[2]
  6. Every cofinite set of X is open.
  7. The fixed ultrafilter at x converges only to x.
  8. For every subset S of X and every point x is a limit point of S if and only if every open neighbourhood of x contains infinitely many points of S.
  9. Each map from the Sierpinski space to X is trivial.
  10. The map from the Sierpinski space to the single point has the lifting property with respect to the map from X to the single point.

If X is a topological space then the following conditions are equivalent:

  1. X is an R0 space.
  2. Given any the closure of contains only the points that are topologically indistinguishable from x.
  3. For any two points x and y in the space, x is in the closure of if and only if y is in the closure of
  4. The specialization preorder on X is symmetric (and therefore an equivalence relation).
  5. The fixed ultrafilter at x converges only to the points that are topologically indistinguishable from x.
  6. Every open set is the union of closed sets.

In any topological space we have, as properties of any two points, the following implications

separated topologically distinguishable distinct

If the first arrow can be reversed the space is R0. If the second arrow can be reversed the space is T0. If the composite arrow can be reversed the space is T1. A space is T1 if and only if it's both R0 and T0.

Note that a finite T1 space is necessarily discrete (since every set is closed).


  • Sierpinski space is a simple example of a topology that is T0 but is not T1.
  • The overlapping interval topology is a simple example of a topology that is T0 but is not T1.
  • Every weakly Hausdorff space is T1 but the converse is not true in general.
  • The cofinite topology on an infinite set is a simple example of a topology that is T1 but is not Hausdorff (T2). This follows since no two open sets of the cofinite topology are disjoint. Specifically, let be the set of integers, and define the open sets to be those subsets of that contain all but a finite subset of Then given distinct integers and :
  • the open set contains but not and the open set contains and not ;
  • equivalently, every singleton set is the complement of the open set so it is a closed set;
so the resulting space is T1 by each of the definitions above. This space is not T2, because the intersection of any two open sets and is which is never empty. Alternatively, the set of even integers is compact but not closed, which would be impossible in a Hausdorff space.
  • The above example can be modified slightly to create the double-pointed cofinite topology, which is an example of an R0 space that is neither T1 nor R1. Let be the set of integers again, and using the definition of from the previous example, define a subbase of open sets for any integer to be if is an even number, and if is odd. Then the basis of the topology are given by finite intersections of the subbasic sets: given a finite set the open sets of are
The resulting space is not T0 (and hence not T1), because the points and (for even) are topologically indistinguishable; but otherwise it is essentially equivalent to the previous example.
  • The Zariski topology on an algebraic variety (over an algebraically closed field) is T1. To see this, note that the singleton containing a point with local coordinates is the zero set of the polynomials Thus, the point is closed. However, this example is well known as a space that is not Hausdorff (T2). The Zariski topology is essentially an example of a cofinite topology.
  • The Zariski topology on a commutative ring (that is, the prime spectrum of a ring) is T0 but not, in general, T1.[3] To see this, note that the closure of a one-point set is the set of all prime ideals that contain the point (and thus the topology is T0). However, this closure is a maximal ideal, and the only closed points are the maximal ideals, and are thus not contained in any of the open sets of the topology, and thus the space does not satisfy axiom T1. To be clear about this example: the Zariski topology for a commutative ring is given as follows: the topological space is the set of all prime ideals of The base of the topology is given by the open sets of prime ideals that do not contain It is straightforward to verify that this indeed forms the basis: so and and The closed sets of the Zariski topology are the sets of prime ideals that do contain Notice how this example differs subtly from the cofinite topology example, above: the points in the topology are not closed, in general, whereas in a T1 space, points are always closed.
  • Every totally disconnected space is T1, since every point is a connected component and therefore closed.

Generalisations to other kinds of spaces

The terms "T1", "R0", and their synonyms can also be applied to such variations of topological spaces as uniform spaces, Cauchy spaces, and convergence spaces. The characteristic that unites the concept in all of these examples is that limits of fixed ultrafilters (or constant nets) are unique (for T1 spaces) or unique up to topological indistinguishability (for R0 spaces).

As it turns out, uniform spaces, and more generally Cauchy spaces, are always R0, so the T1 condition in these cases reduces to the T0 condition. But R0 alone can be an interesting condition on other sorts of convergence spaces, such as pretopological spaces.

See also


  1. ^ Arkhangel'skii (1990). See section 2.6.
  2. ^ Archangel'skii (1990) See proposition 13, section 2.6.
  3. ^ Arkhangel'skii (1990). See example 21, section 2.6.


  • Lynn Arthur Steen and J. Arthur Seebach, Jr., Counterexamples in Topology. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1978. Reprinted by Dover Publications, New York, 1995. ISBN 0-486-68735-X (Dover edition).
  • Willard, Stephen (1998). General Topology. New York: Dover. pp. 86–90. ISBN 0-486-43479-6.
  • Folland, Gerald (1999). Real analysis: modern techniques and their applications (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 116. ISBN 0-471-31716-0.
  • A.V. Arkhangel'skii, L.S. Pontryagin (Eds.) General Topology I (1990) Springer-Verlag ISBN 3-540-18178-4.
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