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Thurston, The geometry and topology of 3-manifolds, (Notes, Princeton, 1983). 4 Symbolic dynamics and Diophantine equations Caroline Series University of Warwick, Coventry, UK §1. The problems Certain classical Diophantine problems have a geometrical interpretation as the height to which geodesics travel up the cusp of the modular surface HI SL(2, Z), where H = {z E C : Im z > 0} is the hyperbolic plane and SL(2, Z) acts by linear fractional transformations. My purpose here is to show how the apparently rather imprecise methods of symbolic dynamics not only suggest generalisations of the classical results, but also carry very detailed and precise numerical information.

From them we can deduce the following metric theorem: Chapter 3: Metric Diophantine approximation Theorem 3. w(x). Let y be a parabolic vertex if there are any, and a hyperbolic fixed point otherwise. Let A(y) be the set of x E SN for which there exist infinitely many g E r with lix - g(y)II < w(L(0,g(0)))/L(O,g(0)) Then A(y) is of zero Lebesgue N-measure if for some K > 1 1: w(Kn)N n>1 converges; otherwise A(y) is of full measure in SN. For this see [5] §9. Note that the convergence condition is independent of K.

The stabiliser of a point of Q(0) \ {0} is isomorphic to a semi-direct product of O(N) by RN. These are refered to as the elliptic, hyperbolic and parabolic cases respectively. We shall investigate certain arithmetic subgroups of Con(N). Denote the quadratic form y2 - I IxI12 on RN+1 x R by q(z) for z = (x) y). Let A be a lattice in V = RN+1 x R on which q takes integral values. Let I' be the subgroup of 0 (N+1,1) which preserves A. It is known that I' acts discontinuously on Q(1) and that the quotient has finite volume.

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