Let (Ω,Σ,μ) be a finite measure space and X a Banach space. Denote by L1 (μ,X) the Banach space of (equivalence classes of) μ-strongly measurable X-valued Bochner integrable functions f:Ω→X normed by
The problem of characterizing the relatively weakly compact subsets of L1(Ω, X) remains open. It is known that for a bounded subset of L1(μ, X) to be relatively weakly compact it is necessary that the set be uniformly integrable; recall that K ⊆ L1, (μ, X) is uniformly integrable whenever given ε >0 there exists δ > 0 such that if μ (E) ≦ δ then ∫E∥f∥ dμ ≦ δ, for all f ∈ K. S. Chatterji has noted that in case X is reflexive this condition is also sufficient . At present unless one assumes that both X and X* have the Radon-Nikodym Property (see ), a rather severe restriction which, for purposes of potential applicability, is tantamount to assuming reflexivity, no good sufficient conditions for weak compactness in L1(μ, X) exist. This note puts forth such sufficient conditions; the basic tool is the recent factorization method of W. J. Davis, T. Figiel, W. B. Johnson and A. Pelczynski .