Ample field

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2020 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 12E30 Secondary: 11R5812F12 [MSN][ZBL]

A field which is existentially closed in its field of formal power series. Examples include pseudo algebraically closed fields, real closed fields and Henselian fields.

A field $K$ is ample if and only if every absolutely irreducible curve over $K$ with a simple $K$-point has infinitely many $K$-points.

If $K$ is ample, then the inverse Galois problem for $K(T)$ is solved: every finite group occurs as a Galois group over $K(T)$.

A field is virtually ample if some finite extension is ample.


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