Israel Journal of Mathematics

, Volume 154, Issue 1, pp 141–155 | Cite as

Chains of well-generated Boolean algebras whose union is not well-generated

  • Robert Bonnet
  • Matatyahu Rubin


A Boolean algebraB that has a well-founded sublattice which generatesB is called awell-generated Boolean algebra. Every well-generated Boolean algebra is superatomic. However, there are superatomic algebras which are not well-generated. We consider two types of increasing chains of Boolean algebras, canonical chains and rank preserving chains, and show that the class of well-generated Boolean algebras is not closed under union of such chains, even when these chains are taken to be countable. A Boolean algebra issuperatomic iff its Stone space is scattered. IfB is superatomic anda∈B, then therank ofa is the Cantor Bendixon rank of the Stone space of{b‖b≤a}. A chain {B α‖α<δ} is acanonical chain if for every α<β<δ,B αis the subagebra ofB βgenerated by all members ofB βwhose rank is <α. For a superatomic algebraB, I(B) denotes the ideal consisting of all members ofB whose rank is less than the rank ofB. A chain {B α‖α<δ} is arank preserving chain if for every α<β<δ anda∈I(Bα), the rank and mutiplicity ofa inB αare equal to the rank and mutiplicity ofa inB β.


Intersection System Boolean Algebra Maximal Ideal Filling System Stone Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Bonnet
    • 1
  • Matatyahu Rubin
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Mathématiques, UMR 5127 (CNRS)Le Chablais Université de SavoieLe Bouget du Lac CEDEXFrance
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsBen Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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