We study dynamical systems arising from word maps on simple groups. We develop a geometric method based on the classical trace map for investigating periodic points of such systems. These results lead to a new approach to the search of Engel-like sequences of words in two variables which characterize finite solvable groups. They also give rise to some new phenomena and concepts in the arithmetic of dynamical systems.
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Tatiana Bandman, Fritz Grunewald, Boris Kunyavskii, Nathan Jones, Geometry and arithmetic of verbal dynamical systems on simple groups. Groups Geom. Dyn. 4 (2010), no. 4, pp. 607–655DOI 10.4171/GGD/98