The ultrafilters tag has no usage guidance.

**132**

votes

**0**answers

11k views

### Ultrafilters and automorphisms of the complex field

It is well-known that it is consistent with $ZF$ that the only automorphisms of the complex field $\mathbb{C}$ are the identity map and complex conjugation. For example, we have that ...

**28**

votes

**2**answers

3k views

### “Transitivity” of the Stone-Cech compactification

Let $\beta \mathbb{N}$ be the Stone-Cech compactification of the natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$, and let $x, y \in \beta \mathbb{N} \backslash \mathbb{N}$ be two non-principal elements of this ...

**25**

votes

**3**answers

2k views

### product of all F_p, p prime

Let $R$ be the ring $$R = \prod_{p\ \text{prime}} \mathbb{F}_p$$ where $\mathbb{F}_p$ is the field having $p$ elements.
Is it true that $R$ has a quotient by a maximal ideal which is a field of ...

**21**

votes

**8**answers

2k views

### Connections between ultrafilters in topology and logic

I have a some-what vague question. It seems to me that there are two main ways in which ultrafilters (on a set) can be used. One is in topology. The notion of an ultrafilter converging to a point is ...

**19**

votes

**3**answers

1k views

### An ultrafilter is a set of subsets containing exactly one element of each finite partition: reference request

There are probably dozens of ways of defining "ultrafilter". The definition I've seen most often involves first defining "filter", then declaring an ultrafilter to be a maximal filter.
But there's ...

**16**

votes

**2**answers

615 views

### How “much” does (Grigorieff) forcing destroy an ultrafilter?

Introduction. I recently revisited Shelah's model without P-points and I was wondering how "badly" Grigorieff forcing destroys ultrafilters, i.e., what kind of properties can survive the destruction ...

**14**

votes

**3**answers

331 views

### Does an ultrapower of an Aronszajn tree have an $\omega_{1}$-branch?

Throughout this question, I shall let $A^{\mathcal{U}}$ denote the ultrapower of a structure $A$ by an ultrafilter $\mathcal{U}$. Suppose that $T$ is an Aronszajn tree and $\mathcal{U}$ is an ...

**13**

votes

**2**answers

472 views

### Why does CH imply that there is a unique ultrapower of $\mathbb{N}$?

I've read these words: "How many ultra products $∏_Uℕ$ exist up to isomorphism, where $U$ is a non-principal ultrafilter over $ℕ$? If continuum hypothesis(CH) holds, then obviously just one ..."
i ...

**13**

votes

**2**answers

639 views

### What is the prime spectrum of a Cauchy series ring?

Let $k$ be a field, and let $| \ |$ be a norm on $k$. The norm induces a metric. To construct the completion $\hat{k}$ as a normed field, the standard recipe is to take the quotient of the ring ...

**12**

votes

**2**answers

898 views

### Ultrafilters arising from Keisler-Shelah ultrapower characterisation of elementary equivalence

In model theory, two structures $\mathfrak{A}, \mathfrak{B}$ of identical signature $\Sigma$ are said to be elementarily equivalent ($\mathfrak{A} \equiv \mathfrak{B}$) if they satisfy exactly the ...

**11**

votes

**3**answers

2k views

### Non-principal ultrafilters on ω

I thought I had heard or read somewhere that the existence of a non-principal ultrafilter on $\omega$ was equivalent to some common weakening of AC. As I searched around, I read that this is not the ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

860 views

### Characterization of Stone-Cech compactifications

Suppose I have an infinite discrete topological space $X$ of cardinality $\kappa$. Then I know some things about the Stone-Cech compactification, $\beta X$: it is Hausdorff and compact but not ...

**10**

votes

**4**answers

904 views

### Is every p-point ultrafilter Ramsey?

A non-principal ultrafilter $\mathcal{U}$ on $\omega$ is a p-point (or weakly selective) iff for every partition $\omega = \bigsqcup _{n < \omega} Z_n$ into null sets, i.e each $Z_n \not \in ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

375 views

### Ultralimit versus partial limit

Let $\omega$ be a nonprincipal ultrafilter on $\mathbb N$.
A standard construction gives an $\omega$-limit, say $x_\omega$, for any bounded sequence $(x_n)$ of real numbers.
Namely, there is unique ...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

563 views

### “Probabilistic ultrafilters?”

A naive question.
Let $S$ be a set and let $[0,1]^S$ the set of functions from $S$ to the closed interval $[0,1]$.
Suppose given some function $P \colon [0,1]^S \to [0,1]$ satisfying the following ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

240 views

### Idempotent ultrafilters and the Rudin-Keisler ordering

Short version: what can we say about the place of idempotent ultrafilters in the Rudin-Keisler ordering?
Longer version:
If $U$, $V$ are (nonprincipal) ultrafilters on $\omega$, then we write ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

568 views

### A basic question on Stone-Cech compactification of $\mathbb{Z}$

Can the identity isomorphism on the additive group $\mathbb{Z}$ be extended to a non-identity semigroup isomorphism on $\beta\mathbb{Z}$, and still preserves $\beta\mathbb{Z}\setminus\mathbb{Z}$? ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

508 views

### Existence (or non) of “definable” ultrafilters

This is a question which I suspect has an absurdly easy answer, but I'm not seeing it.
Let $\langle\cdot,\cdot\rangle:\omega^2\rightarrow\omega$ be your favorite pairing map (for me, this is the ...

**9**

votes

**10**answers

2k views

### Are nets and filters useful in geometry and topology?

Many results in topology can be restated using the concepts of nets and ultrafilters. This seems to be of interest for set theorists, maybe even logicians. But for geometers and topologists, those who ...

**9**

votes

**3**answers

769 views

### A unique ultrafilter extending a union of filters?

Original Question:
Let $\mathcal{P}(\omega)/fin$ denote the Boolean algebra formed from $\mathcal{P}(\omega)$ by modding out by the ideal $fin$ of finite subsets of $\omega$. As a first pass at the ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

759 views

### Stone–Čech Compactification of $\mathbb{Z}$ with Fürstenberg Topology

The Stone–Čech Compactification of $\mathbb{N}$ as a discrete space has been extensively studied and can be represented using ultrafilters.
Consider $X=(\mathbb{Z},\mathcal{T})$, where $\mathcal{T}$ ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

438 views

### Commutative algebras whose bidual is commutative

Let $k$ be a commutative ring and $A$ a commutative $k$-algebra. Call $D(A) := \mathrm{Hom}_k(A,k)$ the dual of $A$ as a $k$-module, and $DD(A) := \mathrm{Hom}_k(D(A),k)$ the dual of the latter. Let ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

161 views

### Embedding $\beta\mathbb{N}$ into a product of Cantor sets

Let us consider $\beta\mathbb{N}$, the Stone-Czech compactification of the natural numbers (where we do not take $0$ to be a natural number, so the only idempotent elements are nonprincipal ...

**9**

votes

**0**answers

123 views

### Is it possible that all ultrafilters are determined by the meet-semilattice of sub-ultrapowers?

Suppose that $\mathcal{Z}$ is a filter on a set $X$. Let $\Pi(X)$ denote the lattice of all partitions of the set $X$. Then $(\Pi(X),\wedge)$ is a meet-semilattice where
$P\wedge Q=\{R\cap S|R\in ...

**8**

votes

**6**answers

826 views

### Spaces of filters

This question arose more from curiosity than from an actual problem. There are situations when you embed some space $X$ in a set of filters on $X$, which inherits properties of $X$ or has even better ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

532 views

### Controlling Ultrapowers

Say I start with some a transitive model of a large fragment of ZFC (say enough to run Łoś' Theorem externally) and a specific set x∈M. Now let's say I'm going to pick some M-ultrafilter U on x. ...

**8**

votes

**0**answers

204 views

### What is the name for a Banach space property closed under ultraproducts?

In Banach space theory, a super-property is a property of a Banach space that is preserved under ultrapowers. (Update (2015-09-28): The property must also be closed under isometric embeddings.) ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

381 views

### Is the product of ultrafilters cancellative?

Suppose that $\mathcal{U},\mathcal{V}$ are ultrafilters on sets. Recall that $\mathcal{U}\leq_{RK}\mathcal{V}$ (here we say $\mathcal{U}$ is Rudin-Keisler less than or equal to $\mathcal{V}$) iff for ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

305 views

### Determinacy and definable ultrafilters

It is a simple consequence of AD that there are no non-principal ultrafilters on $\omega$: for $U$ an ultrafilter on $\omega$, consider the game $G_U$ where players I and II play natural numbers $x_0$ ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

199 views

### Preservation of ultrafilters by Sacks forcing

It is well-known that, if $p$ is a Ramsey (selective) ultrafilter on $\omega$, then after adding a Sacks real $p$ remains an ultrafilter (well, it's really the upwards closure of $p$ the one that's an ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

387 views

### Destroying the P-filter-property

It is known that if a forcing notion is proper, then every P-filter will generate a P-filter in the generic extension (see, e.g., Shelah, Proper and Improper Forcing, VI.5)
On the other hand, if we ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

732 views

### Construction of a maximal ideal

Hello,
Let R denote the ring of continuous functions defined on the real line, let I in R be the ideal consisting of functions with compact support. Obviously, I is not maximal, and by Zorn's Lemma ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

220 views

### Character of normal ultrafilters

The character of an ultrafilter $U$, denoted $\chi(U)$, is the minimal size of an $A \subseteq U$ such that $(\forall x \in U ) (\exists y \in A) y \subseteq x$. This cardinal characteristic has been ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

2k views

### Direct construction of the Stone-Čech compactification using ultrafilters?

If $X$ is a set (regarded as a discrete space), its Stone-Čech compactification can be identified with the set of ultrafilters on $X$ with its natural (Stone) topology. If $X$ is a general ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

272 views

### A special c.c.c forcing notion and adding minimal generic reals

This question is related to my question "Forcing with c.c.c forcing notions, Cohen reals and Random reals".
A natural way to answer Prikry's conjecture is to build a c.c.c. forcing notion which adds ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

416 views

### A question on ultrapower

Suppose $\kappa_0$ is a measurable cardinal and $\mu_0$ is a normal measure on $\kappa_0$. $M_1$ is the transitive collapse of $Ult(V,\mu_0)$, $j_{0,1}:V\rightarrow{M_1}$ is the elementary embedding ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

138 views

### Extending a Ramsey filter

We take filter to mean filter on $\omega$ containing all cofinite sets. We say a filter $F$ is Ramsey if ZERO does not have a winning strategy in the following infinite game between the two players ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

720 views

### Reference Request: Independence of the ultrafilter lemma from ZF

I'm looking for references for the following facts concerning the ultrafilter lemma (~ "there exist non-principal ultrafilters"):
The ultrafilter lemma is independent of ZF.
ZF + the ultrafilter ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

299 views

### In $L$, does there exist a definable non-principal ultrafilter on $\mathbb{N}$

The axiom of constructibility $V=L$ leads to some very interesting consequences, one of which is that it becomes possible to give explicit constructions of some of the "weird" results of AC. For ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

534 views

### Existence of non-principal ultrafilters on sets

Is it known to be consistent with ZF that there is no non-principal ultrafilter on any infinite set? (Feel free to use your favorite interpretation of "infinite" in this context.
If infinite just ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

137 views

### Are irrational multiples of central sets again central?

Let me begin by giving the relevant definitions. A set $A \subset \mathbb{N}$ is said to be central if and only if there exists a topological system $(X,T)$ (with $X$ a compact metric space, $T$ a ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

312 views

### Ultraproduct of Forcing Extensions & Forcing Extension of Ultraproduct

Notation:
$M[{\mathbb{P}}:G]$ denotes the forcing extension of $M$ by $\mathbb{P}$-generic filter $G$.
$\prod_{\mathcal{F}}\langle M_i~|~i\in I\rangle$ denotes the ultraproduct of models using the ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

451 views

### An Extender is a Generalization of an Ultrafilter?

I'm not sure whether this belongs here or on math stackexchange, but I'll give a try here.
I've heard that an extender is a generalization of an ultrafilter. This is not to say that an ultrafilter ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

180 views

### Comparing cardinalities of the spectrum of two masas in $B(H)$

If I imagine that (the self-adjoint part of) a C*-algebra $A$ represents the algebra of observables of some quantum system, then certain perspectives on algebraic quantum theory would ask me to ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

146 views

### Shelah's proof that proper forcing preserves P-points

In Proper and Improper forcing, VI.5; Claim 5.1 part 1 is the following:
If $F$ is a P-point in $V$, $P$ is a proper forcing notion and
$\Vdash_P `` F$ generates an ultrafilter"
Then the ultrafilter ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

154 views

### Is there a truth approximation on a cumulative hierarchy?

Note to the following well known theorem:
Theorem (1): If $\kappa$ be a "measurable" cardinal and $\mathcal{F}$ be a "non-principal $\kappa$-complete normal" ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

325 views

### How much $\beta \mathbb{N}$ is homogenous?

Let $p,q\in \beta \mathbb{N}\setminus \mathbb{N}$. Must always the spaces $\beta \mathbb{N}\setminus \{p\}$ and $\beta \mathbb{N}\setminus \{q\}$ be homeomorphic? If no, can we for each point $p\in ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

329 views

### Does a generic normal measure extend the club filter?

This question is related to this one. The setup is as follows:
In $V$, $\kappa$ is supercompact and $\mathbb{P} = \mathrm{Coll}(\kappa, \aleph_2)$ is the Levy collapse. $G$ is $(V,P)$-generic, and ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

236 views

### Double ultrapower of the hyperfinite $II_1$-factor

Let $\omega$ be a free ultrafilter on the natural numbers and $R$ be the hyperfinite $II_1$-factor (the definition of $R$ is recalled in the comments).
Question: Does there exist another free ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

595 views

### Mathias forcing with Ramsey ultrafilters, and Cohen reals [closed]

Edit/update: One reason this question never received an answer is because it was founded on a faulty premise! The Blaszczyk-Shelah paper I mentioned below does not prove that Mathias forcing with a ...