In mathematics, a Suslin tree is a tree of height ω1 such that every branch and every antichain is at most countable. (An antichain is a set of elements such that any two are incomparable.) They are named after Mikhail Yakovlevich Suslin.
Every Suslin tree is an Aronszajn tree.
The existence of a Suslin tree is logically independent of ZFC, and is equivalent to the existence of a Suslin line (shown by Kurepa (1935)) or a Suslin algebra. The diamond principle, a consequence of V=L, implies that there is a Suslin tree, and Martin's axiom MA(ℵ1) implies that there are no Suslin trees.
More generally, for any infinite cardinal κ, a κ-Suslin tree is a tree of height κ such that every branch and antichain has cardinality less than κ. In particular a Suslin tree is the same as a ω1-Suslin tree. Jensen (1972) showed that if V=L then there is a κ-Suslin tree for every infinite successor cardinal κ. Whether the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis implies the existence of an ℵ2-Suslin tree, is a longstanding open problem.
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- Jensen, R. Björn (1972), "The fine structure of the constructible hierarchy.", Ann. Math. Logic 4 (3): 229–308, doi:10.1016/0003-4843(72)90001-0, MR 0309729 erratum, ibid. 4 (1972), 443.
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- Kurepa, G. (1935), "Ensembles ordonnés et ramifiés", Publ. math. Univ. Belgrade 4: 1–138, JFM 61.0980.01, Zbl 0014.39401
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