Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Preprint ims02-01

A. de Carvalho and T. Hall
Braid forcing and star-shaped train tracks

Abstract: Global results are proved about the way in which Boyland's forcing partial order organizes a set of braid types: those of periodic orbits of Smale's horseshoe map for which the associated train track is a star. This is a special case of a conjecture introduced in [1], which claims that forcing organizes all horseshoe braid types into linearly ordered families which are, in turn, parametrized by homoclinic orbits to the fixed point of code 0.
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