Laminations of the unit disk with irrational rotation gaps
John C. Mayer
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Coauthors: William O. Bond and Ross M. Ptacek
In a program begun in the early '80's William Thurston proposed to study the Julia sets of complex polynomials through a combinatorial approach using laminations of the unit disk. Thurston's work was never formally published, but his notes circulated widely. Laminations are topological/combinatorial, rather than analytic, tools. In a Circle Dynamics Seminar extending back to the late 90's, a group at UAB, faculty and a changing cast of students, graduate and undergraduate, have been working on understanding Thurston's work on quadratic laminations and extending it to laminations of higher degree. In this talk we will report preliminarily on part of this work carried out with two first-year graduate students, William Bond and Ross Ptacek.
A lamination L of the unit disk D2 is a closed collection of chords of D2 that intersect, if at all, in an endpoint of each on the boundary circle S1. The chords in L are called leaves. A gap G of L is the closure of a component of D2\∪L. The boundary Bd(G) of G is composed of leaves and points of S1. We parameterize S1 by [0, 1) in the natural way. Consider the d-tupling map sd:S1→S1 defined by sd(t)=dt mod 1. The map sd can be extended to leaves linearly and continuously on ∪L. A lamination is d-invariant if, under sd, it is fully invariant (forward and backward) on the leaves of L and is gap invariant (which has a long technical definition). A leaf of L is a critical leaf if the images of its endpoints are the same point.
One type of gap that occurs in an invariant lamination is an irrational rotation gap G, which has the properties
Date received: February 27, 2008
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