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We examine the question whether random set attractors for continuous-time random dynamical systems on a connected state space are connected. In the deterministic case, these attractors are known to be connected. In the probabilistic setup, however, connectedness has only been shown under stronger connectedness assumptions on the state space. Under a weak continuity condition on the random dynamical system we prove connectedness of the pullback attractor on a connected space. Additionally, we provide an example of a weak random set attractor of a random dynamical system with even more restrictive continuity assumptions on an even path-connected space which even attracts all bounded sets and which is not connected. On the way to proving connectedness of a pullback attractor we prove a lemma which may be of independent interest and which holds without the assumption that the state space is connected. It states that even though pullback convergence to the attractor allows for exceptional nullsets which may depend on the compact set, these nullsets can be chosen independently of the compact set (which is clear for -compact spaces but not at all clear for spaces which are not -compact).
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Michael Scheutzow, Isabell Vorkastner, Connectedness of random set attractors. Atti Accad. Naz. Lincei Cl. Sci. Fis. Mat. Natur. 29 (2018), no. 4, pp. 607–617DOI 10.4171/RLM/824