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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 19, Issue 2, Pages 303-310

Contra-continuous functions and strongly S-closed spaces

Department of Mathematics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki 10 00014, Finland

Received 27 June 1994

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In 1989 Ganster and Reilly [6] introduced and studied the notion of LC-continuous functions via the concept of locally closed sets. In this paper we consider a stronger form of LC-continuity called contra-continuity. We call a function f:(X,τ)(Y,σ) contra-continuous if the preimage of every open set is closed. A space (X,τ) is called strongly S-closed if it has a finite dense subset or equivalently if every cover of (X,τ) by closed sets has a finite subcover. We prove that contra-continuous images of strongly S-closed spaces are compact as well as that contra-continuous, β-continuous images of S-closed spaces are also compact. We show that every strongly S-closed space satisfies FCC and hence is nearly compact.