Continuous functions with compact support


  • Sudip Kumar Acharyya University of Calcutta
  • K. C. Chattopadhyaya University of Burdwan
  • Partha Pratim Ghosh University of Cape Town



Ordered Fields, Zero Dimensional Spaces, Strongly Zero Dimensional Spaces, Compactifications


The main aim of this paper is to investigate a subring of the ring of continuous functions on a topological space X with values in a linearly ordered field F equipped with its order topology, namely the ring of continuous functions with compact support. Unless X is compact, these rings are commutative rings without unity. However, unlike many other commutative rings without unity, these rings turn out to have some nice properties, essentially in determining the property of X being locally compact non-compact or the property of X being nowhere locally compact. Also, one can associate with these rings a topological space resembling the structure space of a commutative ring with unity, such that the classical Banach Stone Theorem can be generalized to the case when the range field is that of the reals.


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Author Biographies

Sudip Kumar Acharyya, University of Calcutta

Department of Pure Mathematics

K. C. Chattopadhyaya, University of Burdwan

Department of Mathematics

Partha Pratim Ghosh, University of Cape Town

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics


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How to Cite

S. K. Acharyya, K. C. Chattopadhyaya, and P. P. Ghosh, “Continuous functions with compact support”, Appl. Gen. Topol., vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 103–113, Apr. 2004.



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