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Module) the submodule of the direct product M / U consisting of those elements (au U)uEusuch that for all U 2 V , ~ u , v ( n u U)= a v V . So (uu U)uEuis in the inverse limit if and only il' (au)uEuis a Cauchy net. As well, two Cauchy nets give rise to the same element of the inverse limit if and only if they are equivalent. The rest of the proof is routine. 0 + + + + I. 4 Example. d. equipped with the p-adic topology for some prime p . Then R is Hausdorff since n,p"R = 0 by unique is a discrete valuation ring, that factorization.

I f 0 is a K-complete ultrafilter on I and [MI < K , then SM is an isomorphism. If S M ( ~ = ) 0 (= O D ) , then { i E I : f i ( i ) = 0) E D ; since this set is either 0 or I, it must be I, so m = 0. Simi6 ~ ( nbecause ) I = { i E I:m n ( i ) = larly S M ( ~ n ) = S,(m) f i ( i ) fi(i)};and SM preserves scalar multiplication for the same reason. For the second part of the proposition we must show, under the hypotheses, that 6~ is surjective. For any 2 E M I I D , and any m E M , let Y, = {i E I : x ( i ) = m}.

Comfort and Negrepontis 1972 and Kunen 1970 have shown that if tc is strongly compact and A 2 tc such that A<" = A, then there are 22x tc-complete ultrafilters on A. $3. Ultraproducts The ultraproduct construction is an important one in model theory and as such can be applied to arbitrary (first-order) structures. Since our concern is with modules, we shall confine our discussion to that setting; also we will not deal specifically with results, such as the Fundamental Theorem of Ultraproducts, which involve formal languages in their statement (cf.