Dynamics and Analysis Seminar: Generalized beta-transformations and the entropy of unimodal maps


Dynamics and Analysis Seminar

Speaker: Dan Thompson (Ohio State)

Title: Generalized beta-transformations and the entropy of unimodal maps

Abstract: Generalized beta-transformations are the class of piecewise continuous interval maps given by taking the beta-transformation x beta x (mod1), where beta > 1, and replacing some of the branches with branches of constant negative slope. We would like to describe the set of beta for which these maps can admit a Markov partition. We know that beta (which is the exponential of the entropy of the map) must be an algebraic number. Our main result is that the Galois conjugates of such beta have modulus less than 2, and the modulus is bounded away from 2 apart from the exceptional case of conjugates lying on the real line. This extends an analysis of Solomyak for the case of beta-transformations, who obtained a sharp bound of the golden mean in that setting.

I will also describe a connection with some of the results of Thurston's fascinating final paper, where the Galois conjugates of entropies of post-critically finite unimodal maps are shown to describe an intriguing fractal set. These numbers are included in the setting that we analyze.

Mon Feb 29, 2016
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST
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