Seminar series
Thu, 30 May 2024
11:00 - 12:00
Ehud Hrushovski
University of Oxford

Consider definable sets over the family of finite fields $\mathbb{F}_q$. Ax proved a quantifier-elimination result for this theory, in a reasonable geometric language. Chatzidakis, Van den Dries and Macintyre showed that to a first-order approximation, the cardinality of a definable set $X$ is definable in a very mild expansion of Ax's theory.  Can such a statement be true of the next higher order approximation, i.e. can we write $|X(\mathbb{F}_q)| = aq^{d} + bq^{d-1/2} + o(q^{d-1/2})$, with $d,a,b$ varying definably with $X$ in a tame theory?    Here $b$ must be viewed as real-valued so continuous logic is needed. I will report on joint work in progress with Will Johnson.

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