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# Every complex Hénon map is exponentially mixing of all orders and satisfies the CLT

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 January 2024

## Abstract

We show that the measure of maximal entropy of every complex Hénon map is exponentially mixing of all orders for Hölder observables. As a consequence, the Central Limit Theorem holds for all Hölder observables.

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Notation. The pairing $\langle \cdot , \cdot \rangle$ is used for the integral of a function with respect to a measure or, more generally, the value of a current at a test form. By $(p,p)$ -currents we mean currents of bi-digree $(p,p)$ . Given $k\geq 1$ , we denote by $\omega _{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}$ the Fubini-Study form on ${\mathbb P}^k = {\mathbb P}^k({\mathbb C})$ . The mass of a positive closed $(p,p)$ -current R on ${\mathbb P}^k$ is equal to $\langle R,\omega _{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}^{k-p}\rangle$ and is denoted by $\|R\|$ . The notations $\lesssim$ and $\gtrsim$ stand for inequalities up to a multiplicative constant. If R and S are two real currents of the same bi-degree, we write $|R|\leq S$ when . Observe that this forces S to be positive.

## 1 Introduction

Hénon maps are among the most studied dynamical systems that exhibit interesting chaotic behaviour. The main goal of this work is to prove that the measure of maximal entropy of any complex Hénon map is exponentially mixing of all orders with respect to Hölder observables. As a consequence, we also solve a long-standing question proving the Central Limit Theorem for all Hölder observables with respect to the maximal entropy measures of complex Hénon maps.

The reader can find in the work of Bedford, Fornaess, Lyubich, Sibony, Smillie and the second author fundamental dynamical properties of these systems; see [Reference Bedford, Lyubich and Smillie1, Reference Bedford and Smillie3, Reference Bedford and Smillie4, Reference Dinh and Sibony18, Reference Fornæss27, Reference Fornæss and Sibony28, Reference Sibony31] and the references therein. It is shown in [Reference Bedford, Lyubich and Smillie1] that the measure of maximal entropy $\mu$ is Bernoulli. In particular, it is mixing of all orders [Reference Cornfeld, Fomin and Sinai9]. Namely, for every $\kappa \in {\mathbb N}$ , observables $g_0, \ldots , g_\kappa \in L^{\kappa +1}(\mu )$ and integers $0=:n_0\leq n_1 \leq \dots \leq n_\kappa$ , we have

However, the control of the speed of mixing (i.e., the rate of the above convergence) for general dynamical systems and for regular enough observables is a challenging problem, and usually one can obtain it only under strong hyperbolicity assumptions on the system.

Let us recall the following general definition.

Definition 1.1. Let $(X,f)$ be a dynamical system and $\nu$ an f-invariant measure. Let $(E, \|\cdot \|_E)$ be a normed space of real functions on X with $\|\cdot \|_{L^p(\nu )} \lesssim \|\cdot \|_E$ for all $1\leq p < \infty$ . We say that $\nu$ is exponentially mixing of order $\kappa \in {\mathbb N}^*$ for observables in E if there exist constants $C_{\kappa }>0$ and $0< \theta _{\kappa } < 1$ such that, for all $g_0, \dots , g_{\kappa }$ in E and integers $0=: n_0 \leq n_1 \leq \dots \leq n_{\kappa }$ , we have

We say that $\nu$ is exponentially mixing of all orders for observables in E if it is exponentially mixing of order $\kappa$ for every $\kappa \in {\mathbb N}$ .

A recent major result by Dolgopyat, Kanigowski and Rodriguez-Hertz [Reference Dolgopyat, Kanigowski and Rodriguez-Hertz22] ensures that, under suitable assumptions on the system, the exponential mixing of order 1 implies that the system is Bernoulli. In particular, it implies the mixing of all orders (with no control on the rate of decay of correlation). It is a main open question whether the exponential mixing of order 1 implies the exponential mixing of all orders; see, for instance, [Reference Dolgopyat, Kanigowski and Rodriguez-Hertz22, Question 1.5].

Let now f be a complex Hénon map on ${\mathbb C}^2$ . It is a polynomial diffeomorphism of ${\mathbb C}^2$ . We can associate to f its unique measure of maximal entropy $\mu$ [Reference Bedford, Lyubich and Smillie1, Reference Bedford and Smillie3, Reference Bedford and Smillie4, Reference Sibony31]; see Section 2 for details. It was established by the second author in [Reference Dinh13] that such measure if exponential mixing of order 1 for Hölder observables; see also Vigny [Reference Vigny35] and Wu [Reference Wu36]. Similar results were obtained by Liverani [Reference Liverani29] in the case of uniformly hyperbolic diffeomorphisms and Dolgopyat [Reference Dolgopyat20] for Anosov flows.

Theorem 1.2. Let f be a complex Hénon map and $\mu$ its measure of maximal entropy. Then, for every $\kappa \in {\mathbb N}^*$ , $\mu$ is exponential mixing of order $\kappa$ as in Definition 1.1 for ${\mathcal C}^\gamma$ observables ( $0<\gamma \leq 2$ ), with $\theta _\kappa = d^{-(\gamma /2)^{\kappa +1} /2}$ .

For endomorphisms of ${\mathbb P}^k ({\mathbb C})$ , the exponential mixing for all orders for the measure of maximal entropy and Hölder observables was established in [Reference Dinh, Nguyên and Sibony15]. We recently proved such property for a large class of invariant measures with strictly positive Lyapunov exponents [Reference Bianchi and Dinh6]. This was done by constructing a suitable (semi-)norm on functions that turns the so-called Ruelle-Perron-Frobenius operator (suitably normalized) into a contraction. As far as we know, the present paper gives the first instance where the exponential mixing of all orders is established for holomorphic dynamical systems with both positive and negative Lyapunov exponents.

The exponential mixing of all orders is one of the strongest properties in dynamics. It was recently shown to imply a number of statistical properties; see, for instance, [Reference Björklund and Gorodnik8, Reference Dolgopyat, Fayad and Liu21]. As an example, a consequence of Theorem 1.2 is the following result. Take $u\in L^1 (\mu )$ . As $\mu$ is ergodic, Birkhoff’s ergodic theorem states that

\begin{align*}n^{-1} S_n (u):= n^{-1} \big( u (x)+ u \circ f(x) + \dots + u \circ f^{n-1}(x) \big)\to \langle\mu, u\rangle \quad \mbox{ for } \mu-\mbox{a.e. } x \in X. \end{align*}

We say that u satisfies the Central Limit Theorem (CLT) with variance $\sigma ^2 \geq 0$ with respect to $\mu$ if $n^{-1/2} (S_n (u) - n\langle \mu ,u\rangle )\to {\mathcal N}(0,\sigma ^2)$ in law, where ${\mathcal N} (0,\sigma ^2)$ denotes the (possibly degenerate, for $\sigma =0$ ) Gaussian distribution with mean 0 and variance $\sigma ^2$ ; that is, for any interval $I \subset {\mathbb R}$ , we have

By a result of Björklund and Gorodnik [Reference Björklund and Gorodnik8], the following is then a consequence of Theorem 1.2. We refer to [Reference Bianchi and Dinh6, Reference Denker, Przytycki and Urbański12, Reference Dinh and Sibony16, Reference Dupont24, Reference Przytycki and Rivera-Letelier30, Reference Szostakiewicz, Urbański and Zdunik32, Reference Szostakiewicz, Urbański and Zdunik33] for other cases where the CLT for Hölder observables was established in holomorphic dynamics. As is the case for Theorem 1.2, this is the first time that this is done for systems with both positive and negative Lyapunov exponents.

Corollary 1.3. Let f be a complex Hénon map and $\mu$ its measure of maximal entropy. Then all Hölder observables u satisfy the Central Limit Theorem with respect to $\mu$ with

\begin{align*}\sigma^2 = \sum_{n\in \mathbb Z} \langle\mu, \tilde u (\tilde u \circ f^n) \rangle = \lim_{n\to \infty} \frac{1}{n}\int_{X} (\tilde u+ \tilde u \circ f + \ldots + \tilde u \circ f^{n-1})^2 d\mu, \end{align*}

where $\tilde u := u-\langle \mu ,u\rangle$ .

Theorem 1.2 and Corollary 1.3, in particular, apply to any real Hénon map of maximal entropy [Reference Bedford and Smillie5] (i.e., complex Hénon maps with real coefficients and whose measure of maximal entropy is supported in ${\mathbb R}^2$ ). By Friedland-Milnor [Reference Friedland and Milnor26], they apply to all automorphisms of ${{\mathbb C}}^2$ which are not conjugated to a map preserving a fibration. They hold also in the larger settings of Hénon-Sibony automorphisms (sometimes called regular, or regular in the sense of Sibony) of ${\mathbb C}^k$ in any dimension [Reference Sibony31] (see Definition 2.1 and Remark 3.2) and invertible horizontal-like maps in any dimension [Reference Dinh, Nguyên and Sibony14, Reference Dinh and Sibony17]; see Remark 3.3. We postpone the case of automorphisms of compact Kähler manifolds to the forthcoming paper [Reference Bianchi and Dinh7]; see Remark 3.4.

Our method to prove Theorem 1.2 relies on pluripotential theory and on the theory of positive closed currents. The idea is as follows. Using the classical theory of interpolation [Reference Triebel34], we can reduce the problem to the case $\gamma =2$ . For simplicity, assume that $\|g_j\|_{{\mathcal C}^2}\leq 1$ for all j. The measure of maximal entropy $\mu$ of a Hénon map f of ${{\mathbb C}}^2$ of algebraic degree $d\geq 2$ is the intersection $\mu =T_+\wedge T_-$ of the two Green currents $T_+$ and $T_-$ of f [Reference Bedford and Smillie3, Reference Sibony31]. If we identify ${{\mathbb C}}^2$ to an affine chart of ${{\mathbb P}}^2$ in the standard way, these currents are the unique positive closed $(1,1)$ -currents of mass 1 on , without mass at infinity, satisfying $f^* T_{+} = d T_{+}$ and $f_* T_{-} = d T_{-}$ .

Consider the automorphism F of ${\mathbb C}^4$ given by $F:=(f,f^{-1})$ . Such an automorphism also admits Green currents ${\mathbb T}_+=T_+\otimes T_-$ and ${\mathbb T}_-=T_-\otimes T_+$ . These currents satisfy $(F^n)^* {\mathbb T}_+= d^2 {\mathbb T}_+$ and $(F^n)_* {\mathbb T}_-= d^2 {\mathbb T}_-$ . Under mild assumptions on their support, other positive closed $(2,2)$ -currents S of mass 1 of ${\mathbb P}^4$ satisfy the estimate

(1.1)

when is a sufficiently smooth test form. Here, is a constant depending on S and .

We show that proving the exponential mixing for $\kappa +1$ observables $g_0, \dots , g_{\kappa }$ with $\|g_j\|_{{\mathcal C}^2}\leq 1$ can be reduced to proving the convergence (we assume that $n_1$ is even for simplicity)

(1.2) \begin{align} |\langle d^{-n_1} (F^{n_1/2})_{*}[\Delta] - {\mathbb T}_-, \Theta_{\{g_j\}, \{n_j\}} \rangle| \lesssim d^{- \min_{0\leq j \leq \kappa-1} (n_{j+1}-n_j)/2}, \end{align}

where

\begin{align*}\Theta_{\{g_j\}, \{n_j\}} := g_0(w) g_1(z) (g_2\circ f^{n_2-n_1}(z)) \dots (g_\kappa \circ f^{n_\kappa-n_1}(z)) {\mathbb T}_+,\end{align*}

$[\Delta ]$ denotes the current of integration on the diagonal $\Delta$ of ${{\mathbb C}}^2\times {{\mathbb C}}^2$ , and $(z,w)$ denote the coordinates on ${{\mathbb C}}^2\times {{\mathbb C}}^2$ . A crucial point here is that the estimate should not only be uniform in the $g_j$ ’s but also in the $n_j$ ’s. Note also that the current $[\Delta ]$ is singular and the dependence of the constant in (1.1) from S makes it difficult to employ regularization techniques to deduce the convergence (1.2) from (1.1).

The key point here is to notice that, when (on a suitable open set), one can also get the following variation of (1.1):

(1.3)

With respect to (1.1), only the bound from above is present, but the constant is now independent of S. This permits to regularize $\Delta$ and work as if this current were smooth. Note also that, although $\Theta _{\{g_j\}, \{n_j\}}$ is not smooth, we can handle it using a similar regularization.

Working by induction, we show that it is possible to replace both $\Theta _{\{g_j\}, \{n_j\}}$ and $-\Theta _{\{g_j\}, \{n_j\}}$ in (1.2) with currents satisfying . This permits to deduce the estimate (1.2) from two upper bounds given by (1.3) for , completing the proof.

## 2 Hénon-Sibony automorphisms of ${\mathbb C}^k$ and convergence towards Green currents

Let F be a polynomial automorphism of ${\mathbb C}^k$ . We still denote by F its extension as a birational map of ${\mathbb P}^k$ . Denote by $\mathbb H_{\infty }:={\mathbb P}^k\setminus {\mathbb C}^k$ the hyperplane at infinity and by ${\mathbb I}^+, {\mathbb I}^-$ the indeterminacy sets of F and $F^{-1}$ , respectively. They are analytic sets strictly contained in $\mathbb H_\infty$ . If ${\mathbb I}^+=\varnothing$ or ${\mathbb I}^-=\varnothing$ , then both of them are empty and F is given by a linear map, and its dynamics are easy to describe. Hence, we assume that . The following definition, under the name of regular automorphism, was introduced by Sibony [Reference Sibony31].

Definition 2.1. We say that F is a Hénon-Sibony automorphism of ${\mathbb C}^k$ if and ${\mathbb I}^+\cap {\mathbb I}^-= \varnothing$ .

Given F a Hénon-Sibony automorphism of ${\mathbb C}^k$ , it is clear that $F^{-1}$ is also Hénon-Sibony. We denote by $d_+(F)$ and $d_-(F)$ the algebraic degrees of F and $F^{-1}$ , respectively. Observe that , $d_+ (F)= d_-(F^{-1})$ and $d_- (F)= d_+(F^{-1})$ . Later, we will drop the letter F and just write instead of for simplicity. We will recall here some basic properties of F and refer the reader to [Reference Bedford and Smillie3, Reference Dinh and Sibony18, Reference Fornæss27, Reference Fornæss and Sibony28, Reference Sibony31] for details.

Proposition 2.2. Let F be a Hénon-Sibony automorphism of ${\mathbb C}^k$ as above.

1. (i) There exists an integer $1\leq p\leq k-1$ such that $\dim {\mathbb I}^+= k-p-1$ , $\dim {\mathbb I}^-= p-1$ and $d_+ (F)^p= d_-(F)^{k-p}$ .

2. (ii) The analytic sets are irreducible, and we have

\begin{align*}F(\mathbb H_\infty \setminus {\mathbb I}^+) =F({\mathbb I}^-)= {\mathbb I}^- \quad \mbox{ and } \quad F^{-1} (\mathbb H_\infty \setminus {\mathbb I}^-)= F^{-1}({\mathbb I}^+)= {\mathbb I}^+. \end{align*}
3. (iii) For every $n\geq 1$ , both $F^{n}$ and $F^{-n}$ are Hénon-Sibony automorphisms of ${\mathbb C}^k$ , of algebraic degrees $d_+(F)^n$ and $d_-(F)^n$ , and indeterminacy sets ${\mathbb I}^+$ and ${\mathbb I}^-$ , respectively.

### Example 2.3 (Generalized).

Hénon maps on ${\mathbb C}^2$ correspond to the case $k=2$ in Definition 2.1. In this case, we have $p=k-p=1$ and $d_+=d_-=d,$ the algebraic degree of the map; see [Reference Bedford and Smillie3, Reference Friedland and Milnor26, Reference Sibony31].

The set ${\mathbb I}^+$ (resp. ${\mathbb I}^-$ ) is attracting for $F^{-1}$ (resp. F). Let be the basin of attraction of . Set . Then the sets $\mathbb K^{+}:= {\mathbb C}^k \setminus W^{-}$ and $\mathbb K^{-}:= {\mathbb C}^k \setminus W^{+}$ are the sets of points (in ${\mathbb C}^k$ ) with bounded orbit for F and $F^{-1}$ , respectively. We have $\overline {\mathbb K^+} = \mathbb K^{+}\cup {\mathbb I}^+$ and $\overline {\mathbb K^-} = \mathbb K^{-}\cup {\mathbb I}^-$ where the closures are taken in ${\mathbb P}^k$ . We also define $\mathbb K := \mathbb K^+ \cap \mathbb K^-$ which is a compact subset of ${\mathbb C}^k$ .

In the terminology of [Reference Dinh and Sibony18], the set $\overline {\mathbb K^+}$ (resp. $\overline {\mathbb K^-}$ ) is p-rigid (resp. $(k-p)$ -rigid): it supports a unique positive closed $(p,p)$ -current (resp. $(k-p,k-p)$ -current) of mass 1 that we denote by ${\mathbb T}_+$ (resp. ${\mathbb T}_-$ ). The currents have no mass on $\mathbb H_\infty$ and satisfy the invariance relations

\begin{align*}F^*(\mathbb{T}_+)=d_+^p \mathbb{T}_+ \qquad \text{ and } \quad F_* (\mathbb{T}_-)= d_-^{k-p} {\mathbb T}_-\end{align*}

as currents on ${\mathbb C}^k$ or ${\mathbb P}^k$ . We call them the main Green currents of F. They can be obtained as intersections of positive closed $(1,1)$ -currents with local Hölder continuous potentials in ${\mathbb C}^k$ . Therefore, the measure $\mathbb {T}_+\wedge \mathbb {T}_-$ is well-defined and supported in the compact set $\mathbb K$ . This is the unique invariant probability measure of maximal entropy [Reference De Thélin10, Reference Sibony31] and describes the distribution of saddle periodic points [Reference Dinh and Sibony19]; see also [Reference Bedford, Lyubich and Smillie1, Reference Bedford, Lyubich and Smillie2, Reference Bedford and Smillie3, Reference Bedford and Smillie4, Reference Dujardin23] for the case of dimension $k=2$ .

Using the above description of the dynamics of F, we can fix neighbourhoods $U_1,U_2$ of $\overline {\mathbb K^+}$ and $V_1,V_2$ of $\overline {\mathbb K^-}$ such that $F^{-1} (U_i)\Subset U_i$ , , $F(V_i)\Subset V_i$ , and $U_2 \cap V_2\Subset {\mathbb C}^k$ . Let $\Omega$ be a real $(p+1, p+1)$ -current with compact support in $U_1$ . Assume that there exists a positive closed $(p + 1, p + 1)$ -current $\Omega '$ with compact support in $U_1$ such that $|\Omega |\leq \Omega '$ . Define the norm $\|\Omega \|_{*,U_1}$ of $\Omega$ as

\begin{align*}\|\Omega\|_{*,U_1} := \inf \{\|\Omega'\|\colon |\Omega|\leq \Omega' \}, \end{align*}

where the infimum is taken over all $\Omega '$ as above. Observe that when $\Omega$ is a d-exact current, we can write $\Omega =\Omega '-(\Omega '-\Omega )$ , which is the difference of two positive closed currents in the same cohomology class in . Therefore, the norm $\|\cdot \|_{*,U_1}$ is equivalent to the norm given by , where are positive closed currents with compact support in $U_1$ such that $\Omega = \Omega ^+ - \Omega ^-$ . Note that $\Omega ^+$ and $\Omega ^-$ have the same mass as they belong to the same cohomology class.

The following property was obtained by the second author; see [Reference Dinh13, Proposition 2.1].

Proposition 2.4. Let R be a positive closed $(k-p,k-p)$ -current of mass $1$ with compact support in $V_1$ and smooth on ${\mathbb C}^k$ . Let be a real-valued $(p,p)$ -form of class $\mathcal C^2$ with compact support in $U_1\cap {\mathbb C}^k$ . Assume that on $V_2$ . Then there exists a constant $c>0$ independent of R and such that

Note that in what follows, since $\mathbb {T}_-$ is an intersection of positive closed $(1,1)$ -currents with local continuous potentials [Reference Sibony31], the intersections $R\wedge \mathbb {T}_-$ and $\mathbb {T}_+\wedge \mathbb {T}_-$ are well-defined and the former depends continuously on R. In particular, the pairing in the next statement is meaningful and depends continuously on R.

Corollary 2.5. Let R be a positive closed $(k-p,k-p)$ -current of mass $1$ supported in $V_1$ . Let be a $\mathcal C^2$ function with compact support in ${\mathbb C}^k$ such that in a neighbourhood of $\mathbb K_+\cap V_2$ . Then there exists a constant $c>0$ independent of R and such that

(2.1)

Proof. As ${\mathbb P}^k$ is homogeneous, we will use the group $\mathrm {PGL}(k+1,{\mathbb C})$ of automorphisms of ${\mathbb P}^k$ and suitable convolutions in order to regularize the currents R and and deduce the result from Proposition 2.4. Choose local coordinates centered at the identity $\mathrm {id}\in \mathrm {PGL}(k+1,{\mathbb C})$ so that a small neighbourhood of $\mathrm {id}$ in $\mathrm {PGL}(k+1,{\mathbb C})$ is identified to the unit ball $\mathbb B$ of ${\mathbb C}^{k^2+2k}$ . Here, a point of coordinates $\epsilon$ represents an automorphism of ${\mathbb P}^k$ that we denote by $\tau _\epsilon$ . Thus, $\tau _0=\mathrm {id}$ .

Consider a smooth non-negative function $\rho$ with compact support in $\mathbb B$ and of integral 1 with respect to the Lebesgue measure and, for $0<r\leq 1$ , define $\rho _r (\epsilon ) := r^{-2k^2-4k} \rho (r^{-1}\epsilon )$ , which is supported in $\{|\epsilon |\leq r\}$ . This function allows us to define an approximation of the Dirac mass at $0\in \mathbb B$ when $r\to 0$ . We define and consider the following regularized currents

where the integrals are with respect to the Lebesgue measure on $\epsilon \in \mathbb B$ .

When r is small enough and goes to 0, the current $R_r$ is smooth, positive, closed and with compact support in $V_1$ , and it converges to R. Since the RHS of (2.1) depends continuously on R, we can replace R by $R_r$ and assume that R is smooth. When $\epsilon$ goes to 0, converges uniformly to and $(\tau _\epsilon )^*({\mathbb T}_+)$ converges to ${\mathbb T}_+$ . Using that R is smooth and ${\mathbb T}_-$ is a product of $(1,1)$ -currents with continuous potentials, we deduce that the LHS of (2.1) is equal to

Since ${\mathbb T}_+$ is supported in $\overline {\mathbb K_+}$ and we have on a neighbourhood of $\mathbb K_+\cap V_2$ , we deduce that on $V_2$ . By reducing slightly $V_2$ , we still have on $V_2$ for r small enough. We will use the last limit and Proposition 2.4 for instead of and $U_2$ instead of $U_1$ . Observe that for $\epsilon$ small enough, since $U_1\Subset U_2$ , we have . We deduce that the LHS of (2.1) is smaller than or equal to

This completes the proof of the corollary.

In order to use the above corollary, we will need the following lemmas.

Lemma 2.6. Let $\kappa \geq 1$ be an integer and $g_0, \ldots ,g_\kappa$ functions with compact support in ${\mathbb C}^k$ with $\|g_j\|_{\mathcal C^2}\leq 1$ . Then there is a constant $c_\kappa>0$ independent of the $g_j$ ’s such that for all $\ell _0, \ldots , \ell _{\kappa }\geq 0$ , we have

Proof. Set $\tilde g_j := g_j \circ f^{\ell _j}$ for simplicity. We have

Since $\|g_j\|_{\mathcal C^2}\leq 1$ , we have $|g_j|\leq 1$ . Denote by $\omega _{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}$ the Fubini-Study form on . Then

and an application of Cauchy-Schwarz inequality gives

As we have near $\mathbb H_\infty$ , its intersection with ${\mathbb T}_+$ can be computed on ${\mathbb C}^k$ . We deduce from the above inequalities and $d_-^{k-p}= d_+^{p}$ that

(2.2)

We will use that the $(p+1,p+1)$ -current $\omega _{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}\wedge {\mathbb T}_+$ is positive, closed and of mass 1, and its support is contained in $\overline { \mathbb {K}^+ } \subset U_1$ . We have

\begin{align*}\|(F^{\ell_j} )^* \big( \omega_{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}} \wedge {\mathbb T}_+\big)\| = \big \langle (F^{\ell_j} )^* \big( \omega_{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}} \wedge {\mathbb T}_+\big), \omega_{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}^{k-p-1} \big \rangle= \big \langle \omega_{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}} \wedge {\mathbb T}_+, (F^{-\ell_j})^*(\omega_{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}^{k-p-1}) \big\rangle,\end{align*}

where the last form is positive closed and smooth outside ${\mathbb I}^-$ . The last pairing only depends on the cohomology classes of $\omega _{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}$ , ${\mathbb T}_+$ , and $(F^{-\ell _j})^* (\omega _{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}^{k-p-1})$ . Hence, it is equal to the mass of $(F^{-\ell _j})^*(\omega _{\scriptscriptstyle{\text{FS}}}^{k-p-1})$ , which is equal to $d_-^{(k-p-1)\ell _j}$ ; see [Reference Sibony31]. It follows that each term in the last sum in (2.2) is bounded by $1$ , which implies that the sum is bounded by $\kappa +1$ . The lemma follows.

Lemma 2.7. Let $D\Subset D'$ be two bounded domains in ${\mathbb C}^k$ . Let g be a function with compact support in D and such that $\|g\|_{\mathcal C^2}\leq 1$ . Then there are a constant $A>0$ independent of g and functions with compact supports in $D'$ and such that

Proof. Let $\rho$ be a smooth non-negative function with compact support in $D'$ and equal to $1$ in a neighbourhood of $\overline D$ . Observe that $\rho g=g$ . We denote by z the coordinates of ${\mathbb C}^k$ . Since $\|g\|_{\mathcal C^2}\leq 1$ and g has compact support in D, there exists a constant $A_1>0$ independent of g such that . Set $g^+ := A^{-1} \rho ( g + 2A_1 \|z\|^2)$ and $g^- := 2A^{-1}A_1\rho \|z\|^2$ for some constant $A>0$ . It is not difficult to check that we have on D, on D, $g = A(g^+-g^-)$ and . Taking A large enough gives the lemma.

## 3 Exponential mixing of all orders for Hénon maps and further remarks

Throughout this section (except for Remarks 3.2 and 3.3), f denotes a Hénon map on ${\mathbb C}^2$ of algebraic degree $d=d_+=d_-\geq 2$ . Define $F:=(f, f^{-1})$ . It is not difficult to check that F is a Hénon-Sibony automorphism of ${\mathbb C}^4={\mathbb C}^2\times {\mathbb C}^2$ ; see, for instance, [Reference Dinh13, Lemma 3.2]. We will use the notations and the results of Section 2 with $k=4$ and $p=2$ . We denote in this section by the Green $(1,1)$ -currents of f and reserve the notation for the main Green currents of F. Observe that ${\mathbb T}_+ = T_+\otimes T_-$ and ${\mathbb T}_- = T_-\otimes T_+$ ; see [Reference Federer25, Section 4.1.8] for the tensor (or cartesian) product of currents. We denote by the sets of points of bounded orbit for . The wedge product $\mu := T_+\wedge T_-$ is well-defined and is the measure of maximal entropy of f [Reference Bedford, Lyubich and Smillie1, Reference Bedford and Smillie3, Reference Bedford and Smillie4, Reference Sibony31]. Its support is contained in the compact set $K=K^+\cap K^-$ . We have $\mathbb K^+=K^+\times K^-$ and $\mathbb K^-=K^-\times K^+$ . Note also that the diagonal $\Delta$ of ${\mathbb C}^2\times {\mathbb C}^2$ satisfies $\overline {\Delta }\cap {\mathbb I}^+=\varnothing$ and $\overline {\Delta }\cap {\mathbb I}^-=\varnothing$ in ${\mathbb P}^4$ ; see also [Reference Dinh13].

We now prove Theorem 1.2. By a standard interpolation [Reference Triebel34] (see, for instance, [Reference Dinh13, pp. 262-263] and [Reference Dolgopyat20, Corollary 1] for similar occurrences), it is enough to prove the statement for $\gamma =2$ (i.e., in the case where all the functions $g_j$ are of class $\mathcal C^2$ ). The statement is clear for $\kappa =0$ (i.e., for one test function). By induction, we can assume that the statement holds for up to $\kappa$ test functions and prove it for $\kappa +1 \geq 1$ test functions – that is, show that

Recall that $n_0=0$ . The induction assumption implies that we are allowed to modify each $g_j$ by adding a constant. Moreover, using the invariance of $\mu$ , the desired estimate does not change if we replace $n_j$ by $n_j-1$ for $1\leq j\leq \kappa$ and $g_0$ by $g_0 \circ f^{-1}$ . Therefore, we can for convenience assume that $n_1$ is even.

We fix a large bounded domain $B\subset {\mathbb C}^2$ satisfying

\begin{align*} K \subset B, \quad K^-\cap B \subset f(B), \quad \mbox{ and } \quad K^+ \cap B \subset f^{-1} (B). \end{align*}

By induction, the inclusions above imply that

(3.1) \begin{align} K \subset B, \quad K^-\cap B \subset f^n(B), \quad \mbox{ and } \quad K^+ \cap B \subset f^{-n} (B) \quad \mbox{ for all } n \geq 1. \end{align}

Because of Lemma 2.7 and the fact that we are only interested in the values of the $g_j$ ’s on the support of $\mu$ , we can assume that all the $g_j$ ’s are compactly supported in ${\mathbb C}^2$ and satisfy

(3.2)

For simplicity, write $h:= g_1 (g_2 \circ f^{n_2-n_1} ) \dots ( g_{\kappa } \circ f^{n_{\kappa }-n_1})$ . We need to prove that

\begin{align*} |\langle \mu, g_0 ( h\circ f^{n_1}) \rangle - \langle\mu, g_0\rangle \cdot \langle\mu, h \rangle|\lesssim d^{- \min_{0\leq j \leq \kappa-1} (n_{j+1}-n_j)/2} \end{align*}

since this estimate, together with the induction assumption applied to $\langle \mu ,h\rangle$ , would imply the desired statement. In order to obtain the result, we will prove separately the two estimates

(3.3) \begin{align} \langle \mu, g_0 ( h\circ f^{n_1}) \rangle - \langle\mu, g_0\rangle \cdot \langle\mu, h \rangle \lesssim d^{- \min_{0\leq j \leq \kappa-1} (n_{j+1}-n_j)/2} \end{align}

and

(3.4) \begin{align} -\langle \mu, g_0 ( h\circ f^{n_1}) \rangle + \langle\mu, g_0\rangle \cdot \langle\mu, h \rangle \lesssim d^{- \min_{0\leq j \leq \kappa-1} (n_{j+1}-n_j)/2}. \end{align}

Set $M:=10 \kappa$ and fix a smooth function $\chi$ with compact support in ${\mathbb C}^2$ and equal to $1$ in a neighbourhood of $\overline {B}$ (we will not need any information on the value of $\chi$ outside of B). Consider the following four functions, which will later allow us to produce some p.s.h. test functions:

\begin{align*}g_0^+:=\chi\cdot (g_0+M ) \quad \text{and} \quad h^+:=\chi\cdot (g_1+M) (g_2 \circ f^{n_2-n_1} + M) \dots (g_\kappa\circ f^{n_\kappa-n_1}+M)\end{align*}

and

\begin{align*}g_0^-:=\chi\cdot(M-g_0) \quad\! \text{and} \!\quad h^-:=\chi\cdot \big((g_1+M) (g_2 \circ f^{n_2-n_1} + M)\dots(g_\kappa\circ f^{n_\kappa-n_1}+M)-2(M+1)^\kappa\big).\end{align*}

Recall that $n_0=0$ . To prove (3.3) and (3.4), it is enough to show that

(3.5) \begin{align} \langle \mu, g_0^+ ( h^+\circ f^{n_1}) \rangle - \langle\mu, g_0^+\rangle \cdot \langle\mu, h^+ \rangle \lesssim d^{- n_1/2} \end{align}

and

(3.6) \begin{align} \langle \mu, g_0^- ( h^-\circ f^{n_1}) \rangle - \langle\mu, g_0^-\rangle \cdot \langle\mu, h^- \rangle \lesssim d^{-n_1/2}. \end{align}

Indeed, we observe that $\chi$ does not play any role in (3.5) and (3.6). Hence, the difference between the LHS of (3.5) and the one of (3.3) (resp. of (3.6) and of (3.4)) is a finite combination of expressions involving no more than $\kappa$ functions among $g_0,\ldots , g_\kappa$ that we can estimate using the induction hypothesis on the mixing of order up to $\kappa -1$ . It remains to prove the two inequalities (3.5) and (3.6).

Denote by $(z,w)$ the coordinates on ${\mathbb C}^{4} = {\mathbb C}^2 \times {\mathbb C}^2$ and define

We have the following lemma for a fixed domain $U_1$ as in Section 2.

Lemma 3.1. The functions satisfy

1. (i) on $B\times B$ ;

2. (ii) ,

where $c_\kappa$ is a positive constant depending on $\kappa$ , but not on the $g_j$ ’s and the $n_j$ ’s.

Proof. (i) For simplicity, we set $\ell _0 = \ell _1 :=0$ and $\ell _j := n_j-n_1$ . Define also $\tilde g_{j} := g_j \circ f^{\ell _j}$ . In what follows, $\tilde g_0$ depends on w and $\tilde g_j$ depends on z when $j\geq 1$ . Observe that by the invariance property of $K^+\cap B$ in (3.1) and the constraints in (3.2), the following inequalities hold in a neighbourhood of $K^+\cap B$ :

(3.7)

In particular, we have in a neighbourhood of $K^+\cap B$ . Note that for $\tilde g_0 = g_0$ , the properties hold on B, which contains $K^-\cap B$ .

Now, since ${\mathbb T}_+$ is closed, positive and supported in $\overline {\mathbb K^+} =\overline {K^+\times K^-}$ , in order to prove the first assertion, it is enough to show that on a neighbourhood of $(K^+\cap B)\times (K^-\cap B)$ in ${\mathbb C}^4$ where $\chi =1$ . In what follows, we only work on such a neighbourhood. Recall that . We have

where we recall that $\tilde g_0$ is $\tilde g_0 (w)$ and the other $\tilde g_j$ ’s are $\tilde g_j (z)$ for $1\leq j \leq \kappa$ . For the first term in the RHS of the last expression, we have

For the second term, an application of the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality and (3.7) give

It follows that

which gives since the choice $M=10\kappa$ implies that $(1+{2\over M-1}\big )^\kappa <(1+{1\over \kappa }\big )^\kappa <3$ . Similarly, in the same way, we also have

which gives . This concludes the proof of the first assertion of the lemma.

(ii) The second assertion of the lemma is a consequence of Lemma 2.6.

## End of the proof of Theorem 1.2.

Recall that it remains to prove (3.5) and (3.6). Since $\mu$ is invariant and $n_1$ is even, we have

Recall that we have $\mu =T_+\wedge T_-$ and that the currents have local continuous potentials in ${\mathbb C}^2$ . It follows that the intersections of with positive closed currents on ${\mathbb C}^4$ are meaningful. Moreover, the invariance of implies that $(F^{n_1/2})_*({\mathbb T}_+)=d^{-n_1}{\mathbb T}_+$ on ${\mathbb C}^4$ . Thanks to the above identities, using the coordinates $(z,w)$ on ${\mathbb C}^{4} = {\mathbb C}^2 \times {\mathbb C}^2$ and denoting by $\Delta :=\{(z,w)\colon z=w\}$ the diagonal of ${\mathbb C}^2\times {\mathbb C}^2$ , we have

(3.8)

We apply Corollary 2.5 with the functions instead of and the current $[\Delta ]$ instead of R. For this purpose, since $\overline {\Delta }\cap {\mathbb I}^+=\varnothing$ , we can choose a suitable open set $V_1$ containing $\Delta$ . We also fix an open set $V_2$ as in Section 2. Since B is large enough, Lemma 3.1 implies that on a neighbourhood of $\mathbb K^+\cap V_2$ . Thus, we obtain from Corollary 2.5 that

or equivalently,

(3.9)

Together, (3.8), (3.9) and the fact that

give the desired estimates (3.5) and (3.6). The proof of Theorem 1.2 is complete.

Remark 3.2. When f is a Hénon-Sibony automorphism of ${\mathbb C}^k$ with k even and $p=k/2$ , the map $(f,f^{-1})$ is a Hénon-Sibony automorphism of ${\mathbb C}^{2k}$ . The same proof as above gives us the exponential mixing of all orders and the CLT for f. The results still hold for every Hénon-Sibony automorphism, but the proof requires some extra technical arguments that we choose not to present here for simplicity; see, for instance, de Thélin and Vigny [Reference De Thélin and Vigny11, Reference Vigny35].

Remark 3.3. When f is a horizontal-like map such that the main dynamical degree is larger than the other dynamical degrees, the same strategy gives the exponential mixing of all orders and the CLT; see the papers [Reference Dinh, Nguyên and Sibony14, Reference Dinh and Sibony17] by Nguyen, Sibony and the second author, and, in particular, [Reference Dinh, Nguyên and Sibony14] for the necessary estimates. In particular, these results hold for all Hénon-like maps in dimension 2; see also Dujardin [Reference Dujardin23].

Remark 3.4. In the companion paper [Reference Bianchi and Dinh7], we explain how to adapt our strategy to get the exponential mixing of all orders and the Central Limit Theorem for automorphisms of compact Kähler manifolds with simple action on cohomology. As the proof in that case requires the theory of super-potentials, which is not needed for Hénon maps, we choose not to present it here.

## Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the National University of Singapore, the Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche and Xiaonan Ma for the warm welcome and the excellent work conditions. We also thank Romain Dujardin, Livio Flaminio and Giulio Tiozzo for very useful remarks and discussions.

## Competing interest

The authors have no competing interest to declare.

## Funding statement

This project has received funding from the French government through the Programme Investissement d’Avenir (LabEx CEMPI /ANR-11-LABX-0007-01, ANR QuaSiDy /ANR-21-CE40-0016, ANR PADAWAN /ANR-21-CE40-0012-01) and the NUS and MOE through the grants A-0004285-00-00 and MOE-T2EP20120-0010.

## Footnotes

Dedicated to Professor Jun-Muk Hwang in occasion of his 60th birthday

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