 Noetherian topological space

In mathematics, a Noetherian topological space is a topological space in which closed subsets satisfy the descending chain condition. Equivalently, we could say that the open subsets satisfy the ascending chain condition, since they are the complements of the closed subsets. It can also be shown to be equivalent that every open subset of such a space is compact, and in fact the seemingly stronger statement that every subset is compact.
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Definition
A topological space X is called Noetherian if it satisfies the descending chain condition for closed subsets: for any sequence
of closed subsets Y_{i} of X, there is an integer m such that
Relation to compactness
The Noetherian condition can be seen as a strong compactness condition:
 Every Noetherian topological space is compact.
 A topological space X is Noetherian if and only if every subspace of X is compact. (i.e. X is hereditarily compact).
Noetherian topological spaces from algebraic geometry
Many examples of Noetherian topological spaces come from algebraic geometry, where for the Zariski topology an irreducible set has the intuitive property that any closed proper subset has smaller dimension. Since dimension can only 'jump down' a finite number of times, and algebraic sets are made up of finite unions of irreducible sets, descending chains of Zariski closed sets must eventually be constant.
A more algebraic way to see this is that the associated ideals defining algebraic sets must satisfy the ascending chain condition. That follows because the rings of algebraic geometry, in the classical sense, are Noetherian rings. This class of examples therefore also explains the name.
If R is a commutative Noetherian ring, then Spec(R), the prime spectrum of R, is a Noetherian topological space.
Example
The space (affine nspace over a field k) under the Zariski topology is an example of a Noetherian topological space. By properties of the ideal of a subset of , we know that if
is a descending chain of Zariskiclosed subsets, then
is an ascending chain of ideals of Since is a Noetherian ring, there exists an integer m such that
But because we have a onetoone correspondence between radical ideals of and Zariskiclosed sets in we have V(I(Y_{i})) = Y_{i} for all i. Hence
 as required.
References
 Hartshorne, Robin (1977), Algebraic Geometry, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 52, New York: SpringerVerlag, ISBN 9780387902449, MR0463157
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