Real Algebraic and Analytic Geometry
Submission: 2009, March 9.
Let R be an o-minimal expansion of the real field, and let L(R) be the language consisting of all nested Rolle leaves over R. We call a set nested sub-pfaffian over R if it is the projection of a boolean combination of definable sets and nested Rolle leaves over R. Assuming that R admits analytic cell decomposition, we prove that the complement of a nested sub-pfaffian set over R is again a nested sub-pfaffian set over R. As a corollary, we obtain that if R admits analytic cell decomposition, then the pfaffian closure P(R) of R is obtained by adding to R all nested Rolle leaves over R, a one-stage process, and that P(R) is model complete in the language L(R).
Mathematics Subject Classification (2000): 14P10, 58A17, 03C99.
Keywords and Phrases: Differential Geometry, Logic, O-minimal structures, Pfaffian systems, analytic stratification.
Full text: http://arXiv.org/abs/math/0602196