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1386. Pietro Corvaja, Dragos Ghioca, Thomas Scanlon, Umberto Zannier
The Dynamical Mordell-Lang Conjecture for endomorphisms of semiabelian varieties defined over fields of positive characteristic

Submission date: 14 February 2018


Let K be an algebraically closed field of prime characteristic p, let X be a semiabelian variety defined over a finite subfield of K, let f be a regular self-map on X defined over K, let V be a subvariety of X defined over K, and let x be a K-point of X. The Dynamical Mordell-Lang Conjecture in characteristic p predicts that the set S consisting of all positive integers n for which f^n(x) lies on V is a union of finitely many arithmetic progressions, along with finitely many p-sets, which are sets consisting of all integers of the form c_1 p^{k_1 n_1} + ... + c_m p^{k_m n_m} (as we vary n_1,..,n_m among all positive integers), for some given positive integer m, some rational numbers c_i and some non-negative integers k_i. We prove that this conjecture is equivalent with some difficult Diophantine problem in characteristic 0. In the case X is an algebraic torus, we can prove the conjecture in two cases: either when the dimension of V is at most 2, or when no iterate of f is a group endomorphism which induces the action of a power of the Frobenius on a positive dimensional algebraic subgroup of X.

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