The Journal of Symbolic Logic

Research Article

Notes on the stability of separably closed fields  1

Carol Wood

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06457


The stability of each of the theories of separably closed fields is proved, in the manner of Shelah's proof of the corresponding result for differentially closed fields. These are at present the only known stable but not superstable theories of fields. We indicate in §3 how each of the theories of separably closed fields can be associated with a model complete theory in the language of differential algebra. We assume familiarity with some basic facts about model completeness [4], stability [7], separably closed fields [2] or [3], and (for §3 only) differential fields [8].

(Received January 12 1978)

(Revised April 28 1978)


1  Research supported in part by N.S.F. Grant MCS75-08241.