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Abstract In a canonical field theory, the field Φ(f) and momentum π(g) are assumed defined for test functionsf andg which are elements of linear vector spaces and , respectively. Generally, the continuity of the map onto the unitary Weyl operatorsU(f),V(g) is taken as ray continuity, the barest minimum to recover the field operators as their generators, i.e.,U(f)=e iΦ(f) ,V(g)=e iπ(g) . This leaves open the question of whether any wider continuity properties follow and what form they would take. We show that much richer continuity properties do follow in a natural fashion for every cyclic representation of the canonical commutation relations. In particular, we show that the test function space may be taken as a metric space, that the space may be uniquely completed in this topology, and that the map into the unitary Weyl operators is strongly continuous in this topology. The topology induced by this metric is minimal in the sense that it is the weakest vector topology for which the mapsf→U(f),g→V(g) are strongly continuous. An expression for a suitable metric can easily be given in terms of a simple integral over a state on the Weyl operators.
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