Sparse equidistribution problems, period bounds and subconvexity


We introduce a “geometric” method to bound periods of automorphic forms. The key features of this method are the use of equidistribution results in place of mean value theorems, and the systematic use of mixing and the spectral gap. Applications are given to equidistribution of sparse subsets of horocycles and to equidistribution of CM points; to subconvexity of the triple product period in the level aspect over number fields, which implies subconvexity for certain standard and Rankin-Selberg $L$-functions; and to bounding Fourier coefficients of automorphic forms.


Akshay Venkatesh

Department of Mathematics
Building 380
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA 94305
United States