Existentially definable henselian valuation rings with p-adic residue fields

26 January 2017
Arno Fehm

In joint work with Sylvy Anscombe we had found an abstract
valuation theoretic condition characterizing those fields F for which
the power series ring F[[t]] is existentially 0-definable in its
quotient field F((t)). In this talk I will report on recent joint work
with Sylvy Anscombe and Philip Dittmann in which the study of this
condition leads us to some beautiful results on the border of number
theory and model theory. In particular, I will suggest and apply a
p-adic analogue of Lagrange's Four Squares Theorem.