Linear forms in logarithms on commutative algebraic groups. (Formes linéaires de logarithmes sur les groupes algébriques commutatifs.) (French) Zbl 0651.10023

This article contains some very precise lower bounds for linear forms in logarithms with respect to an arbitrary commutative group variety. They generalize the classical results for conventional logarithms due to A. Baker and others.
Suppose \(G\) is defined over a number field \(K\) and is of dimension \(d+1\). Select basis elements over \(K\) of the tangent space to \(G\) at its origin, and write \(\exp\) for the resulting map from \(\mathbb C^{d+1}\) to \(G(\mathbb C)\). Let \(L(z)=\beta_0z_0+\ldots+\beta_dz_d\) be a non-zero linear form on \(\mathbb C^{d+1}\) with coefficients in \(K\), and denote by \(W\) the subspace of \(\mathbb C^{d+1}\) defined by \(L(z)=0\). Let \(v\) be in \(\mathbb C^{d+1}\) such that \(\exp(v)\) is in \(G(K)\). Suppose finally that for every connected algebraic subgroup \(G'\) of \(G\) whose tangent space lies in \(W\) this tangent space does not contain \(v\). Then the Analytic Subgroup Theorem of G. Wüstholz (see for example, [Prog. Math. 31, 329–336 (1983; Zbl 0534.10026)]) shows that \(L(v)\neq 0\).
The present article gives a positive lower bound for \(| L(v)|\) in these circumstances. In order to include the classical results on ordinary logarithms, the group \(G\) is assumed to have the form \(G=G_0\times G_1\times \cdots\times G_k\), where \(G_0\) is the additive group and \(G_1=\cdots=G_{d_1}\) is the multiplicative group for some \(d_1\) with \(0\leq d_1\leq k\). Write \(\delta_i\) for the dimension of \(G_i\) \((0\leq i\leq k)\), and define \(\rho_i=0\) \((i=0)\), \(\rho_i=1\) \((1\leq i\leq d_1)\) and \(\rho_i=2\) otherwise. Break the tangent space into corresponding factors, select basis elements still defined over \(K\), and let \(\exp_ i\) be the map on the corresponding factor of \(\mathbb C^{d+1}\) \((0\leq i\leq k)\). Choose norms \(\|\cdot \|\) on these latter factors. Also assume each \(G_i\) embedded in projective space \((0\leq i\leq k)\). Then the main result of the authors is the existence of a constant \(c\), depending only on the quantities introduced in the present paragraph, with the following property.
Suppose the point \(v\) above can be written as \(v=(1,v_1,\ldots,v_k)\) with \(v_i\neq 0\) and \(\gamma_i=\exp_i(v_i)\) in \(G_i(K)\) \((1\leq i\leq k)\). Write \(h\) for the absolute logarithmic Weil height on projective space over \(K\). Let \(D=[K:\mathbb Q]\), and let \(B,E,V_1,\ldots,V_k\) be real numbers satisfying \(\log V_i\geq \max \{h(\gamma_i),\| v_i\|^{\rho_i}/D\}\), \(B\geq D \log V_i\) \((1\leq i\leq k)\) and \(\log B\geq h(\beta_j)\) \((0\leq j\leq d)\) as well as \(E\leq \min \{BD, e(D \log V_i)^{1/\rho_i}/\| v_i\| \}\) \((1\leq i\leq k)\). Then \[ \log | L(v)| > -cD^{d+d_2+2}(\log B)^{d_2+1} \log (DE)(\log E)^{-d- d_2-1}V, \] with \(V=\prod_{i=1}^k (\log V_i)^{\delta_i}\). For purposes of comparison, note that if \(d_2=0\) (the classical situation of ordinary logarithms) this estimate compares very well with the sharpest results to date [see for example, M. Waldschmidt, Acta Arith. 37, 257–283 (1980; Zbl 0357.10017)]. But if \(d_2>0\) the results are essentially completely new, except for certain cases involving complex multiplication.
The method of proof is rather ingenious. Of course it relies on the full power of multiplicity estimates, as established first by G. Wüstholz [Habilitationsschrift, Wuppertal 1982] and sharpened by P. Philippon [(*): Bull. Soc. Math. Fr. 114, 355–383 (1986; Zbl 0617.14001)]. But the new idea is an inductive “descent” that succeeds only because the estimates of (*) are nearly best possible. Another ingredient of the proof is an interesting inequality of D. Bertrand and P. Philippon [Ill. J. Math. 32, 263–280 (1988; Zbl 0618.14020)].


11J85 Algebraic independence; Gel’fond’s method
14L10 Group varieties
14A05 Relevant commutative algebra