Flows on homogeneous spaces and Diophantine approximation on manifolds


We present a new approach to metric Diophantine approximation on manifolds based on the correspondence between approximation properties of numbers and orbit properties of certain flows on homogeneous spaces. This approach yields a new proof of a conjecture of Mahler, originally settled by V. G. Sprindzuk in 1964. We also prove several related hypotheses of Baker and Sprindzuk formulated in 1970s. The core of the proof is a theorem which generalizes and sharpens earlier results on nondivergence of unipotent flows on the space of lattices.


Dmitry Ya. Kleinbock

Grigory A. Margulis