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Diversity in elementary cuts

Let $M\models PA$ be countable and recursively saturated.

Smorynski proved that here are $2^{\aleph_0}$ theories of pairs $(M,K)$, such that $K$ is not semiregular in $M$.

Kossak proved that there are $2^{\aleph_0}$ theories of pairs $(M,K)$, such that $K$ is strong in $M$.

Problem: How many theories of pairs $(M,K)$ are there, such that $K$ is semiregular, but not regular in $M$.

By recent results of Kaye and Tin Lok Wong, every countable recursively saturated $M$ has $K$ and $L$ as in the question, such that $(M,K)\not\cong (M,L)$.

The problem was stated in [1] related results can be found in [2, 3, 4, 5].

Stu Smith's question

Question 6.6 of [6]: Let $M\models PA$ be nonstandard and let $I$ be a cut of $M$ definable in $(M,\omega)$. Is $\omega$ the (arithmetic) cofinality of $I$ in $M$?

"Star" schemata

Answering a question from [7] Kanovei [8] gave a forcing construction to show that for every $n$, every countable recursively saturated $M\models PA$ has an elementary end extension $N$ such that for every $X\subseteq M$ which is coded in $N$, $(M,X)\models I\Sigma_n$ and for some such $X$, $(M,X)\not\models I\Sigma_{n+2}$. Later in [9] $n+2$ was reduced to $n+1$ by another method.

Problem: The assumption that $M$ is recursively saturated is not necessary for $n=1,2$ [7]. Is it necessary for higher $n$?


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