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Equidistribution of small points, rational dynamics, and potential theory

By Matthew H. Baker and Robert Rumely


Abstract. Given a dynamical system associated to a rational function ϕ(T) on P 1 of degree at least 2 with coefficients in a number field k, we show that for each place v of k, there is a unique probability measure µϕ,v on the Berkovich space P 1 Berk,v /Cv such that if {zn} is a sequence of points in P 1 (k) whose ϕ-canonical heights tend to zero, then the zn’s and their Galois conjugates are equidistributed with respect to µϕ,v. In the archimedean case, µϕ,v coincides with the well-known canonical measure associated to ϕ. This theorem generalizes a result of Baker-Hsia [BH] when ϕ(z) is a polynomial. The proof uses a polynomial lift F (x, y) = (F1(x, y), F2(x, y)) of ϕ to construct a twovariable Arakelov-Green’s function gϕ,v(x, y) for each v. The measure µϕ,v is obtained by taking the Berkovich space Laplacian of gϕ,v(x, y), using a theory developed in [RB]. The other ingredients in the proof are (i) a potential-theoretic energy minimization principle which says that � � gϕ,v(x, y) dν(x)dν(y) is uniquely minimized over all probability measures ν on P 1 Berk,v when ν = µϕ,v, and (ii) a formula for homogeneous transfinite diameter of the v-adic filled Julia set KF,v ⊂ C 2 v in terms of the resultant Res(F) of F1 and F2. The resultant formula, which generalizes a formula of DeMarco [DeM], is proved using result

Year: 2006
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