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51. CMB 2000 (vol 43 pp. 208)

Matoušková, Eva
Extensions of Continuous and Lipschitz Functions
We show a result slightly more general than the following. Let $K$ be a compact Hausdorff space, $F$ a closed subset of $K$, and $d$ a lower semi-continuous metric on $K$. Then each continuous function $f$ on $F$ which is Lipschitz in $d$ admits a continuous extension on $K$ which is Lipschitz in $d$. The extension has the same supremum norm and the same Lipschitz constant. As a corollary we get that a Banach space $X$ is reflexive if and only if each bounded, weakly continuous and norm Lipschitz function defined on a weakly closed subset of $X$ admits a weakly continuous, norm Lipschitz extension defined on the entire space $X$.

Keywords:extension, continous, Lipschitz, Banach space
Categories:54C20, 46B10

52. CMB 1999 (vol 42 pp. 190)

Gilmer, Patrick M.
Topological Quantum Field Theory and Strong Shift Equivalence
Given a TQFT in dimension $d+1,$ and an infinite cyclic covering of a closed $(d+1)$-dimensional manifold $M$, we define an invariant taking values in a strong shift equivalence class of matrices. The notion of strong shift equivalence originated in R.~Williams' work in symbolic dynamics. The Turaev-Viro module associated to a TQFT and an infinite cyclic covering is then given by the Jordan form of this matrix away from zero. This invariant is also defined if the boundary of $M$ has an $S^1$ factor and the infinite cyclic cover of the boundary is standard. We define a variant of a TQFT associated to a finite group $G$ which has been studied by Quinn. In this way, we recover a link invariant due to D.~Silver and S.~Williams. We also obtain a variation on the Silver-Williams invariant, by using the TQFT associated to $G$ in its unmodified form.

Keywords:knot, link, TQFT, symbolic dynamics, shift equivalence
Categories:57R99, 57M99, 54H20

53. CMB 1999 (vol 42 pp. 13)

Brendle, Jörg
Dow's Principle and $Q$-Sets
A $Q$-set is a set of reals every subset of which is a relative $G_\delta$. We investigate the combinatorics of $Q$-sets and discuss a question of Miller and Zhou on the size $\qq$ of the smallest set of reals which is not a $Q$-set. We show in particular that various natural lower bounds for $\qq$ are consistently strictly smaller than $\qq$.

Keywords:$Q$-set, cardinal invariants of the continuum, pseudointersection number, $\MA$($\sigma$-centered), Dow's principle, almost disjoint family, almost disjointness principle, iterated forcing
Categories:03E05, 03E35, 54A35

54. CMB 1998 (vol 41 pp. 348)

Tymchatyn, E. D.; Yang, Chang-Cheng
Characterizing continua by disconnection properties
We study Hausdorff continua in which every set of certain cardinality contains a subset which disconnects the space. We show that such continua are rim-finite. We give characterizations of this class among metric continua. As an application of our methods, we show that continua in which each countably infinite set disconnects are generalized graphs. This extends a result of Nadler for metric continua.

Keywords:disconnection properties, rim-finite continua, graphs
Categories:54D05, 54F20, 54F50

55. CMB 1998 (vol 41 pp. 245)

Yang, Lecheng
The normality in products with a countably compact factor
It is known that the product $\omega_1 \times X$ of $\omega_1$ with an $M_1$-space may be nonnormal. In this paper we prove that the product $\kappa \times X$ of an uncountable regular cardinal $\kappa$ with a paracompact semi-stratifiable space is normal if{f} it is countably paracompact. We also give a sufficient condition under which the product of a normal space with a paracompact space is normal, from which many theorems involving such a product with a countably compact factor can be derived.

Categories:54B19, 54D15, 54D20
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