Perfect Subtree Property for Weakly Compact Cardinals

(with Y. Hayut)

Accepted for publication in the Israel Journal of Mathematics. PDF. arXiv. Bibtex.

We investigate the consistency strength of the statement: $\kappa$ is weakly compact and there is no tree on $\kappa$ with exactly $\kappa^{+}$ many branches. We show that this statement fails strongly (in the sense that there is a sealed tree with exactly $\kappa^{+}$ many branches) if there is no inner model with a Woodin cardinal. Moreover, we show that for a weakly compact cardinal $\kappa$ the nonexistence of a tree on $\kappa$ with exactly $\kappa^{+}$ many branches and, in particular, the Perfect Subtree Property for $\kappa$, implies the consistency of $AD_{\mathbb{R}} + DC$.