Joint equidistribution of CM points


We prove the mixing conjecture of Michel and Venkatesh for toral packets with negative fundamental discriminants and split at two fixed primes, assuming all splitting fields have no exceptional Landau-Siegel zero. As a consequence we establish for arbitrary products of indefinite Shimura curves the equidistribution of Galois orbits of generic sequences of CM points all of whose components have the same fundamental discriminant, assuming the CM fields are split at two fixed primes and have no exceptional zero.

The joinings theorem of Einsiedler and Lindenstrauss applies to the toral orbits arising in these results. Yet it falls short of demonstrating equidistribution due to the possibility of intermediate algebraic measures supported on Hecke correspondences and their translates.

The main novel contribution is a method to exclude intermediate measures for toral periods. The crux is a geometric expansion of the cross-correlation between the periodic measure on a torus orbit and a Hecke correspondence, expressing it as a short shifted convolution sum. The latter is bounded from above generalizing the method of Shiu and Nair to polynomials in two variables on smooth domains.

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Ilya Khayutin

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ