In mathematics, a hypocontinuous is a condition on bilinear maps of topological vector spaces that is weaker than continuity but stronger than separate continuity. Many important bilinear maps that are not continuous are, in fact, hypocontinuous.
If , and are topological vector spaces then a bilinear map is called hypocontinuous if the following two conditions hold:
- for every bounded set the set of linear maps is an equicontinuous subset of , and
- for every bounded set the set of linear maps is an equicontinuous subset of .
Theorem: Let X and Y be barreled spaces and let Z be a locally convex space. Then every separately continuous bilinear map of into Z is hypocontinuous.