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Uniform Properties of Ideals in Rings of Restricted Power Series

  • Author(s): Barnicle, Madeline Grace
  • Advisor(s): Aschenbrenner, Matthias J
  • et al.

When is an ideal of a ring radical or prime? By examining its generators, one may in many cases definably and uniformly test the ideal's properties. We seek to establish such definable formulas in rings of $p$-adic power series, such as \mathbb{Q}_p \langle X \rangle, \mathbb{Z}_p \langle X \rangle, and related rings of power series over more general valuation rings and their fraction fields. We obtain a definable, uniform test for radicality, and, in the one-dimensional case, for primality. This builds upon the techniques stemming from the proof of the quantifier elimination results for the analytic theory of the $p$-adic integers by Denef and van den Dries, and the linear algebra methods of Hermann and Seidenberg.

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