# Blog Archives

# Topic Archive: supercompact

# The Laver Preparation

I will present the result of Laver demonstrating that the existence of a supercompact cardinal implies the existence of a Laver function, and using this to construct a model with a supercompact cardinal k which remains supercompact in any k-directed-closed forcing extension.

# A proof of the relative consistency of PFA

I will use a supercompact cardinal to force the Proper Forcing Axiom (PFA). I will follow Baumgartner’s original argumet, but will use lottery sums instead of a Laver function.

# The Laver Preparation

I shall show how to make a supercompact cardinal kappa indestructible for

# Generalized Solovay Measures

We will introduce some background and recent progress made in solving the following open problem:

Determine the exact consistency strength of the theory T = ZF + DC + $omega_1$ is supercompact.

It’s known that the upper-bound consistency strength for T is a class of Woodin limits of Woodin cardinals which is (surprisingly) much weaker than ZFC + a supercompact. We will discuss how one might go about computing lower-bounds for T. If time allows, we’ll briefly talk about the relationship of T with the Chang model (CM) and its generalization (CM^+).