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As easy as $ \mathbb{Q}$: Hilbert's Tenth Problem for subrings of the rationals and number fields


Authors: Kirsten Eisenträger, Russell Miller, Jennifer Park and Alexandra Shlapentokh
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 369 (2017), 8291-8315
MSC (2010): Primary 11U05; Secondary 12L05, 03D45
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/tran/7075
Published electronically: June 13, 2017
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Abstract: Hilbert's Tenth Problem over the rationals is one of the biggest open problems in the area of undecidability in number theory. In this paper we construct new, computably presentable subrings $ R \subseteq \mathbb{Q}$ having the property that Hilbert's Tenth Problem for $ R$, denoted $ \operatorname {HTP}(R)$, is Turing equivalent to $ \operatorname {HTP}(\mathbb{Q})$.

We are able to put several additional constraints on the rings $ R$ that we construct. Given any computable nonnegative real number $ r\leq 1$ we construct such rings $ R=\mathbb{Z}[\mathcal {S}^{-1}]$ with $ \mathcal {S}$ a set of primes of lower density $ r$. We also construct examples of rings $ R$ for which deciding membership in $ R$ is Turing equivalent to deciding $ \operatorname {HTP}(R)$ and also equivalent to deciding $ \operatorname {HTP}(\mathbb{Q})$. Alternatively, we can make $ \operatorname {HTP}(R)$ have arbitrary computably enumerable degree above $ \operatorname {HTP}(\mathbb{Q})$. Finally, we show that the same can be done for subrings of number fields and their prime ideals.


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Kirsten Eisenträger
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Email: eisentra@math.psu.edu

Russell Miller
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York 11367 – and – Ph.D. Programs in Mathematics and Computer Science, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016
Email: Russell.Miller@qc.cuny.edu

Jennifer Park
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Email: jmypark@umich.edu

Alexandra Shlapentokh
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27858
Email: shlapentokha@ecu.edu

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/tran/7075
Received by editor(s): February 9, 2016
Received by editor(s) in revised form: August 28, 2016, and September 22, 2016
Published electronically: June 13, 2017
Additional Notes: The first author was partially supported by NSF grant DMS-1056703.
The second author was partially supported by NSF grants DMS-1001306 and DMS-1362206 and by several PSC-CUNY Research Awards.
The third author was partially supported by NSF grant DMS-1069236 and by an NSERC PDF grant.
The fourth author was partially supported by NSF grant DMS-1161456.
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