Subconvexity, Entropy and Equidistribution of Periodic Torus Orbits

Topic:Subconvexity, Entropy and Equidistribution of Periodic Torus Orbits
Speaker:Elon Lindenstrauss
Affiliation:Princeton University
Date:Thursday, March 8
Time/Room:4:30pm - 5:30pm/Fine Hall 322, Princeton University

A well known theorem of Duke states that the collection of all closed geodesics of a given discriminant on SL(2,Z) \ H becomes equidistributed as the discriminant goes to infinity and can be proved using subconvex estimates for L-functions. Substantial partial results in this direction were given earlier by Skubenko using the methods of Linnik which employ ergodic theoretic ideas, and implicitly entropy. We prove the analogue result regarding periodic orbits of the diagonal group on SL(3,Z) \ SL(3,R) (or [almost] equivalently, compact flats in the locally symmetric space SL(3,Z) \ SL(3,R) / S0(3,R) ) using a combination of L-function and ergodic techniques. This question for n>3 is open (and interesting).