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Grant GF15-34700L     1.1.2015 - 31.12.2017
Grantor: Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) - Czech Science Foudation

The continuum, forcing and large cardinals

The work shall study interactions between large cardinals and forcing and also with regard to properties of the continuum. The work shall be divided into three subtopics:
(1) First subtopic is called "Combinatorial properties of cardinals and the continuum function". The focus shall be on the impact of several combinatorial properties on the continuum function (a function which maps kappa to the size of the powerset of kappa). As Easton showed, without extra assumptions, there is very little ZFC can prove about the continuum function on regulars. However, once we  start to consider large cardinals, or in general combinatorial properties often formulated in the context of large cardinals (tree property, square  principles, etc.), suddenly the situation is much more interesting. Subtopic 1 studies these connections.
(2) Second subtopic is called"Combinatorial characteristics of the continuum and the Mathias forcing". This subtopic focuses on the real line from the point of certain combinatorial characteristics which shall be studied by means of the Mathias forcing. This forcing is determined by a filter on the powerset of omega. Thus it is natural to study the connections between the combinatorial properties of filters and the properties of the real line. This subtopic combines set theory and topology.
(3) The third subtopic is called "New developments in the template iterations." Template iterations is a modern forcing method with the potential to show new results regarding the combinatorial characteristics of the real line. Among the main  problems to be studied are: obtaining cardinal characteristics with singular values, application of template iterations on non-definable posets, and finally the application of the method with the mixed finite and countable support. These new approaches will be useful in obtaining new results.

  IM leader :

Chodounský David

  Main investigator:

Honzik  Radek

 Participating institutions:

Charles University in Prague, Coordinator
Institute of Mathematics, Czech Academy of Sciences
Kurt Gödel Research Center for Mathematical Logic (KGRC), Vienna, Austria

 IM team members:  
Grebík Jan