Professorship of Pure Mathematics
Danube Rhine Model Theory Seminar

Danube Rhine Model Theory Seminar

Danube Rhine Model Theory Seminar

The Danube Rhine Model Theory seminar was founded on Salma Kuhlmann's initiative from the University of Konstanz and is organized by Philipp Habegger (University of Basel), Amador Martin-Pizarro (University of Freiburg), Salma Kuhlmann and Margaret Thomas (University of Konstanz), and Tobias Kaiser (University of Passau). It gives a joint institution for the reserachers in model theory and its applications from the upper-german language area. It happens once a semester at changing places. Talks are delivered by international guests and young scientists.

In the winter 2018 the seminar takes place at the University of Freiburg (30. November).

In the summer 2018 the seminar took placeat the University of  Basel (13. July).

 In the Winter 2017/2018 it was hosted by the University of Passau.

Date: Friday, December 1st 2017, and Saturday, December 2nd 2017.


Friday, December 1st:
19:00: Dinner (Heilig Geist Stiftschenke)

Saturday, December 2nd
Ort: University of Passau, HS 12

09:00 - 09:50: Christian Urech (Basel)
10:00 - 10:50: Zaniar Ghadernezhad (Freiburg)
11:00 - 11:50: Merlin Carl (Konstanz)
12:00 - 13:00: Lunch hour (Restaurant Akropolis Athen)
13:00 - 13:50: Piotr Kowalski (Wroclaw)
14:00 - 14:50: Gabriel Dill (Basel)

Titles und Abstracts:

Merlin Carl (Konstanz)
Titel: Real closed fields, models of arithmetic and exponentiation
Abstract: Roughly, an integer part of a real closed field K is a subring that relates to K in a similar way that Z relates to R. By a classical theorem of Shepherdson, integer parts of real closed fields coincide with models of open induction, a weak fragment of arithmetic. This motivates the  question how models of stronger fragments of arithmetic relate to real closed fields of which they are integer parts, which was started by D'Aquino, Knight and Starchenko and then carried on by Marker, Schmerl, Steinhorn, Kuhlmann and others. In this talk, we will show that real closed fields with an integer part that is a model of Peano arithmetic allow a weak form of exponentiation, called "left exponentiation" (which was proved in joint work with S. Kuhlmann and P. D'Aquino, building on work of D. Marker) and that, conversely, models of true arithmetic are integer parts of real closed fields that are elementary equivalent to the reals with exponentiation.

Gabriel Dill (Basel)
Titel: Unlikely intersections between isogeny orbits and curves
Abstract: In the spirit of the Mordell-Lang conjecture, we consider the intersection of a curve in a family of abelian varieties with the images of a finite-rank subgroup of a fixed abelian variety A_0 under all isogenies between A_0 and some member of the family. After excluding certain degenerate cases, we can prove that this intersection is finite by applying the Pila-Zannier method with a variant of the Pila-Wilkie theorem due to Habegger and Pila. This proves a conjecture of André-Pink-Zannier in the case of curves. We can even allow translates of the finite-rank subgroup by abelian subvarieties of controlled dimension if we strengthen the degeneracy hypotheses suitably.

Zaniar Ghadernezhad (Freiburg)
Title: Non-amenablility of automorphism groups of generic structures
The study of amenable groups is originated in the works of von Neumann in his analysis of Banach-Tarski paradox. Since then amenability, non-amenability and paradoxicality has been studied for various groups appearing in different parts of mathematics. A topological group G is amenable if every G-flow has an invariant Borel probability measure. Well-known examples of amenable groups are finite groups, solvable groups and locally compact abelian groups. The study of amenability of topological groups benefit from various viewpoints that ranges from analytic approach to combinatorial. Kechris, Pestov, and Todorcevic established a very general correspondence which equates a stronger form of amenability, called extreme amenability, of the automorphism group of an ordered Fraisse structure with the Ramsey property of its finite substructures. In the same spirit Moore showed a correspondence between the automorphism groups of countable structure and a a structural Ramsey property, which englobes Fölner's existing treatment. In this talk we will consider automorphism groups of certain Hrushovski's generic structures. We will show that they are not amenable by exhibiting a combinatorial/geometric criterion which forbids amenability.

Piotr Kowalski (Wroclaw)
Title: Virtually free groups and Galois actions
I will talk about joint work with Özlem Beyarslan. We show that for a finitely generated virtually free group G, the theory of actions of G on fields has a model companion, which we call G-TCF. We also give an algebraic condition on G, which is equivalent to simplicity of the theory G-TCF.

Christian Urech (Basel)
Titel: Subgroups of elliptic elements of the Cremona group
Abstract: The Cremona group is the group of birational transformations of the complex projective plane. This classical topic has recently again turned into a popular subject of research and in the last decade many classicalproblems were solved with modern tools from birational geometry and dynamics. In this talk I will explain how a basic application of the compactness theorem allows the classification of groups of elliptic elements of the Cremona group - a class of groups that hasn't been understood well so far. In particular, one can deduce from this classification the Tits alternative for the Cremona group. We will also see that every simple subgroup of the Cremona group is isomorphic to a simple subgroup of PGL(3,C).

In the Summer 2017 it took place at the University of Konstanz.