Sets, groups, and fields definable in vector spaces with a bilinear form

21 May 2020
Jan Dobrowolski

 I will report on my recent work on dimension, definable groups, and definable fields in vector spaces over algebraically closed [real closed] fields equipped with a non-degenerate alternating bilinear form or a non-degenerate [positive-definite] symmetric bilinear form. After a brief overview of the background, I will discuss a notion of dimension and some other ingredients of the proof of the main result, which states that, in the above context, every definable group is (algebraic-by-abelian)-by-algebraic [(semialgebraic-by-abelian)-by-semialgebraic]. It follows from this result that every definable field is definable in the field of scalars, hence either finite or definably isomorphic to it [finite or algebraically closed or real closed].