On character of points in the Higson corona of a metric space

Research paper by Taras Banakh, Ostap Chervak, Lubomyr Zdomskyy

Indexed on: 04 Jun '12Published on: 04 Jun '12Published in: Mathematics - General Topology


We prove that for an unbounded metric space $X$, the minimal character $m\chi(\check X)$ of a point of the Higson corona $\check X$ of $X$ is equal to $\mathfrak u$ if $X$ has asymptotically isolated balls and to $\max\{\mathfrak u,\mathfrak d\}$ otherwise. This implies that under $\mathfrak u<\mathfrak d$ a metric space $X$ of bounded geometry is coarsely equivalent to the Cantor macro-cube $2^{<\IN}$ if and only if $\dim(\check X)=0$ and $m\chi(\check X)=\mathfrak d$. This contrasts with a result of Protasov saying that under CH the coronas of any two asymptotically zero-dimensional unbounded metric separable spaces are homeomorphic.