This paper considers two main aspects of the lower power locale PL(X): first, its relation to the symmetric topos construction of Bunge and Carboni; and second, its points, which, it is shown, are equivalent to the weakly closed sublocales of X with open domain. This is done as part of a more general discussion of arbitrary weakly closed sublocales, including a new characterization using suplattice homomorphisms from o(X) to Sub(1), and a new proof of a theorem of Jibladze relating them to Ω-nuclei.
(Received August 23 1994)
(Revised June 02 1995)
† Financial support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada is gratefully acknowledged by the first named author.