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Section: New Results

Proof nets for first-order additive linear logic

Participant : Lutz Straßburger.

In a joint work with Willem Heijltjes (University of Bath) and Dominic Hughes (UC Berkeley) we present canonical proof nets for first-order additive linear logic, the fragment of linear logic with sum, product, and first-order universal and existential quantification. We present two versions of our proof nets. One, witness nets, retains explicit witnessing information to existential quantification. For the other, unification nets, this information is absent but can be reconstructed through unification. Unification nets embody a central contribution of the paper: first-order witness information can be left implicit, and reconstructed as needed. Witness nets are canonical for first-order additive sequent calculus. Unification nets in addition factor out any inessential choice for existential witnesses. Both notions of proof net are defined through coalescence, an additive counterpart to multiplicative contractibility, and for witness nets an additional geometric correctness criterion is provided. Both capture sequent calculus cut-elimination as a one-step global composition operation.

These results are published in [26] and have been presented at the First workshop of the Proof Society in Ghent and at the 3rd FISP workshop in Vienna.