#### Title

Regular and Normal Closure Operators and Categorical Compactness for Groups

#### Document Type

Article

#### Publication Date

9-1-1995

#### Department

Mathematics

#### Abstract

For a class of groups F, closed under formation of subgroups and products, we call a subgroup A of a group G F-regular provided there are two homomorphisms f,g: G --> F, with F is an element of F, so that A = {x is an element of G \ f(x) = g(x)}. A is called F-normal provided A is normal in G and G/A is an element of F. For an arbitrary subgroup A of G, the F-regular (respectively, F-normal) closure of A in G is the intersection of all F-regular (respectively, F-normal) subgroups of G containing A. This process gives rise to two well behaved idempotent closure operators. A group G is called F-regular (respectively, F-normal) compact provided for every group H, and F-regular (respectively, T-normal) subgroup A of G x H, pi(2)(A) is an F-regular (respectively, F-normal) subgroup of H. This generalizes the well known Kuratowski-Mrowka theorem for topoiogical compactness. In this paper, the F-regular compact and F-normal compact groups are characterized for the classes F consisting of: all torsion-free groups, all R-groups, and all torsion-free abelian groups. In doing so, new classes of groups having nice properties are introduced about which little is known.

#### Publication Title

Applied Categorical Structures

#### Volume

3

#### Issue

3

#### First Page

261

#### Last Page

278

#### Recommended Citation

Fay, T. H.,
Walls, G. L.
(1995). Regular and Normal Closure Operators and Categorical Compactness for Groups. *Applied Categorical Structures, 3*(3), 261-278.

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