Proceedings of the American mathematical society vol:127 issue:4 pages:1065-1074
The determination of the support of the equilibrium measure in the presence of an external field is important in the theory of weighted polynomials on the real line. Here we present a general condition guaranteeing that the support consists of at most two intervals. Applying this to the external fields associated with fast decreasing polynomials, we extend previous results of Totik and Kuijlaars-Van Assche. In the proof we use the iterated balayage algorithm which was first studied by Dragnev.