By Alfred Geroldinger

Additive combinatorics is a comparatively fresh time period coined to appreciate the advancements of the extra classical additive quantity concept, as a rule focussed on difficulties regarding the addition of integers. a few classical difficulties just like the Waring challenge at the sum of k-th powers or the Goldbach conjecture are actual examples of the unique questions addressed within the sector. one of many positive aspects of latest additive combinatorics is the interaction of an excellent number of mathematical suggestions, together with combinatorics, harmonic research, convex geometry, graph idea, chance thought, algebraic geometry or ergodic concept. This ebook gathers the contributions of some of the prime researchers within the quarter and is split into 3 components. the 2 first elements correspond to the fabric of the most classes added, Additive combinatorics and non-unique factorizations, through Alfred Geroldinger, and Sumsets and constitution, through Imre Z. Ruzsa. The 3rd half collects the notes of many of the seminars which observed the most courses, and which hide a fairly large a part of the equipment, recommendations and difficulties of latest additive combinatorics.

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In the additive part one proves that the Structure Theorem for Sets of Lengths holds for every BF-monoid H with ﬁnite set Δ(H) in which all pattern ideals are tamely generated. This is done in the spirit of additive number theory. To apply this additive result to a BF-monoid H, it must be proved that Δ(H) is ﬁnite and that all pattern ideals are tamely generated. This is fairly simple for ﬁnitely generated monoids (but far from being simple for C-monoids). Let H be a Krull monoid as above and let G0 ⊂ G denote the set of classes containing primes.

The sequence T = 0n−1 S ∈ F(G) satisﬁes |T | ≥ s(G), and therefore there exists a zero-sum subsequence T = 0k S of T , where k ∈ [0, n − 1], S | S and |T | = |S | + k = n. Hence S is a short zero-sum subsequence of S. 2. Let r ≥ 2 and let (e1 , . . , er ) be a basis of G such that ord(ei ) = ni for all i ∈ [1, r], r r e0 = ei and S = en0 1 −1 i=1 eini −1 ∈ F(G) . i=1 We assert that S has no short zero-sum subsequence. Let r n T = en0 0 ei i , where n0 ∈ [0, n1 − 1] and ni ∈ [0, ni − 1] for all i ∈ [1, r], i=1 be a nontrivial zero-sum subsequence of S.

To apply this additive result to a BF-monoid H, it must be proved that Δ(H) is ﬁnite and that all pattern ideals are tamely generated. This is fairly simple for ﬁnitely generated monoids (but far from being simple for C-monoids). Let H be a Krull monoid as above and let G0 ⊂ G denote the set of classes containing primes. 4, it suﬃces to prove the Structure Theorem for the monoid B(G0 ) of zero-sum sequences over G0 . 4, the assertion follows. 4 was recently generalized to Krull monoids with ﬁnite Davenport constant (see [69]).