# Sh:999

- Malliaris, M., & Shelah, S. (2013).
*A dividing line within simple unstable theories*. Adv. Math.,**249**, 250–288. arXiv: 1208.2140 DOI: 10.1016/j.aim.2013.08.027 MR: 3116572 -
Abstract:

We give the first (ZFC) dividing line in Keisler’s order among the unstable theories, specifically among the simple unstable theories. That is, for any infinite cardinal \lambda for which there is \mu < \lambda \leq 2^\mu, we construct a regular ultrafilter \mathcal{D} on \lambda so that (i) for any model M of a stable theory or of the random graph, M^\lambda/\mathcal{D} is \lambda^+-saturated but (ii) if Th(N) is not simple or not low then N^\lambda/\mathcal{d} is not \lambda^+-saturated. The non-saturation result relies on the notion of flexible ultrafilters. To prove the saturation result we develop a property of a class of simple theories, called Qr_1, generalizing the fact that whenever B is a set of parameters in some sufficiently saturated model of the random graph, |B| = \lambda and \mu < \lambda \leq 2^\mu, then there is a set A with |A| = \mu so that any nonalgebraic p \in S(B) is finitely realized in A. In addition to giving information about simple unstable theories, our proof reframes the problem of saturation of ultrapowers in several key ways. We give a new characterization of good filters in terms of “excellence,” a measure of the accuracy of the quotient Boolean algebra. We introduce and develop the notion of moral ultrafilters on Boolean algebras. We prove a so-called “separation of variables” result which shows how the problem of constructing ultrafilters to have a precise degree of saturation may be profitably separated into a more set-theoretic stage, building an excellent filter, followed by a more model-theoretic stage: building so-called moral ultrafilters on the quotient Boolean algebra, a process which highlights the complexity of certain patterns, arising from first-order formulas, in certain Boolean algebras. - published version (39p)

Bib entry

@article{Sh:999, author = {Malliaris, Maryanthe and Shelah, Saharon}, title = {{A dividing line within simple unstable theories}}, journal = {Adv. Math.}, fjournal = {Advances in Mathematics}, volume = {249}, year = {2013}, pages = {250--288}, issn = {0001-8708}, doi = {10.1016/j.aim.2013.08.027}, mrclass = {03C50 (03C20 03C45 03E05 05Cxx)}, mrnumber = {3116572}, doi = {10.1016/j.aim.2013.08.027}, note = {\href{https://arxiv.org/abs/1208.2140}{arXiv: 1208.2140}}, arxiv_number = {1208.2140} }