# What does vanishing at infinity mean for a topological space?

1. Oct 3, 2013

### lugita15

If X is a locally compact Haussorff space, then the set of continuous functions of compact support form a normal vector space C_c(X) with the supremum norm, and the completion of this space is the space C_0(X) of functions vanishing at infinity, i.e. the space of functions f such that f can be contintuous extended to a function g on the one point compactification of X and g(∞) = 0.

However, this definition is rather abstract, and requires investigating continuous extensions on the one-point compactification, something that you wouldn't expect for a notion as simple as a limit at infinity. So is there a more practical characterization of vanishing at infinity, something that is directly in terms of X?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.