Genericity iterations II

In the last blog post we set the scene by constructing the extender algebra, and proved that to capture a real x it suffices to make sure that x\models i_{0,\alpha}^T(\Gamma) for some countable iteration tree T. Here we provide the construction of T and rounding off the proof.

Recall that we’re trying to prove the following theorem:

Theorem (Woodin). Let M be a countable (\omega,\omega_1+1)-iterable mouse and \delta a countable ordinal. Assume that, in M\delta  is Woodin, realised by extenders on the M-sequence. Then there is a \delta-cc forcing \mathbb Q\subset V_\delta^M such that given any real x there is a countable iteration tree T on M following M’s strategy with last model M_\alpha such that i_{0,\alpha}^T exists and x is i_{0,\alpha}^{\mathcal T}(\mathbb Q)-generic over M_\alpha.

We’ll now start the construction of our iteration. This part of the proof is very similar to the proof of the comparison lemma between mice — the strategy is simply to iterate away the extenders we don’t like.

Start by setting M_0:=M, and assume now that M_\alpha has been constructed for some \alpha<\omega_1 and that the tree so far doesn’t have any drops. Assume without loss of generality that x\not\models i_{0,\alpha}(\Gamma) and let E be an extender on the M_\alpha-sequence of minimal length witness this. Player I then plays E_\alpha^T:=E and the game continues. This strategy for player I determines the tree T. The following technical claim ensures that this is actually an iteration, and that the elementary embeddings i_{\gamma,\beta}^T exist.

Claim. The above iteration is (a) normal and (b) no drops occur.

Proof. For (a) let \gamma<\alpha; we have to show that \text{lh }E_\gamma<\text{lh }E_\alpha. Assume it’s not the case, so that E_\alpha is on the M_\gamma-sequence since M_\gamma and M_\alpha agree below \text{lh }E_\gamma. Now by construction, E_\alpha violates an axiom of i_{0,\alpha}(\Gamma) satisfied by x, and this induces an axiom of i_{0,\gamma}(\Gamma) it violates as well [to see that \nu(E_\alpha) is an M_\gamma-cardinal, note that since \nu(E_\gamma) is an M_\gamma-cardinal, any M_\alpha-cardinal \leq\nu(E_\gamma) is an M_\gamma-cardinal as well. As \nu(E_\alpha)<\text{lh }E_\alpha\leq\text{lh }E_\gamma, the fact that no M_\alpha-cardinals occur in (\nu(E_\gamma),\text{lh }E_\gamma) then implies that \nu(E_\alpha)\leq\nu(E_\gamma)]. To show (b) we need to show that E_\alpha measures all subsets of \kappa:=\text{crit }E_\alpha in M_\gamma. But \nu(E_\gamma) is an M_\gamma-cardinal, \kappa<\nu(E_\gamma) and M_\gamma agrees with M_\alpha below \nu(E_\gamma)QED

This finishes the definition of player I’s strategy in the iteration game. All that remains is to show that this process terminates at a countable step, so assume it’s not the case. The following argument again has close similarities with the contradiction in the proof of the comparison lemma. Let

\pi:H:=\text{cHull}^{V_\eta}(\text{trcl }x\cup\{T,\omega_1\})\to V_\eta

be the uncollapse with \eta sufficiently large and set \alpha:=\text{crit }\pi=\bar\omega_1=\omega_1^H. We first claim that \bar T=T\upharpoonright\alpha+1. Since \text{crit }\pi=\alpha we get that \bar T\upharpoonright\alpha= T\upharpoonright\alpha straight away, using that M is countable. Also, [0,\alpha]_{\bar T}=[0,\omega_1]_T\cap\alpha. This means that [0,\alpha]_{\bar T} has limit order type, and any branch of an iteration tree must be closed below its supremum by definition of tree order, so \alpha\in[0,\omega_1]_T, implying that [0,\alpha]_{\bar T}=[0,\alpha]_T. We can then conclude that \bar T=T\upharpoonright\alpha+1 since \omega_1^H=\alpha and the direct limit construction is absolute to H. In particular it holds that M_\alpha^T=M_\alpha^{\bar T}, so if we define \delta^*:=i_{0,\alpha}^T(\delta)=i_{0,\alpha}^{\bar T}(\delta) we get that V_{\delta^*}^{M_\alpha^{\bar T}}=V_{\delta^*}^{M_\alpha^T}. This means for any y=i_{0,\alpha}^T(\bar y)\in V_{\delta^*}^{M_\alpha^T},

\pi(y)=\pi(i_{0,\alpha}^{\bar T}(\bar y))=i_{0,\omega_1}^T(\bar y)=i_{\alpha,\omega_1}^T(i_{0,\alpha}^T(\bar y))=i_{\alpha,\omega_1}^T(y),

so that \pi\upharpoonright V_{\delta^*}^{M_\alpha^T}=i_{\alpha,\omega_1}^T\upharpoonright V_{\delta^*}^{M_\alpha^T} and \text{crit }i_{\alpha,\omega_1}^T=\text{crit }\pi=\alpha. Letting \beta+1=\text{succ}_T(\alpha), we have that \text{crit }E_\beta^T=\text{crit }i_{\alpha,\omega_1}^T=\alpha and we have an axiom


of i_{0,\beta}(\Gamma) induced by E_\beta which is false of x, meaning that the right hand side is true of x and the left hand side is false of x. But note that \bigvee_{\xi<\alpha}\varphi_\xi\in V_{\delta^*}^{M_\alpha^T} and \lambda<\nu(E_\beta), so since generators aren’t moved along branches of iteration trees, we get that


But as x\not\models\bigvee_{\xi<\alpha}\varphi_\xi, we get x\not\models\pi(\bigvee_{\xi<\alpha}\varphi_\xi) as well since \pi(x)=x, contradicting the above. This contradiction finishes the proof of our theorem. QED

These genericity iterations can be generalised to capture arbitrary sets of ordinals rather than just reals, and sample applications include various absoluteness results. For more on these generalisations and applications, see “The Extender Algebra and \Sigma^2_1-absoluteness” by Ilijas Farah.