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Geodesics in homology classes. (English) Zbl 0642.53050
Let \(M\) be a hyperbolic manifold, and \(\pi_{\beta}(x)\) the number of prime closed geodesics of length at most \(x\) in a given homology class \(H^ 1(M, \mathbb Z)\). Motivated by work of G. A. Margulis [Funct. Anal. Appl. 3, 335–336 (1970); translation from Funkts. Anal. Prilozh. 3, No. 4, 89–90 (1969; Zbl 0207.20305)] and of Adachi and Sunada, the author investigates the asymptotic behaviour of \(\pi_{\beta}(x)\). In fact given a surjective homomorphism \(\psi: \pi_ 1(M)\to \Lambda\) of the fundamental group onto an abelian group, and \(\beta\in \Lambda\), an asymptotic expansion for \(\pi_{\beta}(x)\) is obtained. This expansion involves the rank of \(\Lambda\) as well as the order of the torsion of \(\Lambda\).

MSC:
53C22 Geodesics in global differential geometry
37D40 Dynamical systems of geometric origin and hyperbolicity (geodesic and horocycle flows, etc.)
11F72 Spectral theory; trace formulas (e.g., that of Selberg)
58J50 Spectral problems; spectral geometry; scattering theory on manifolds
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