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B. Winckler and M. Martens
Physical Measures for Infinitely Renormalizable Lorenz Maps
Abstract:

A physical measure on the attractor of a system describes the statistical behavior of typical orbits. An example occurs in unimodal dynamics. Namely, all infinitely renormalizable unimodal maps have a physical measure. For Lorenz dynamics, even in the simple case of infinitely renormalizable systems, the existence of physical measures is more delicate. In this article we construct examples of infinitely renormalizable Lorenz maps which do not have a physical measure. A priori bounds on the geometry play a crucial role in (unimodal) dynamics. There are infinitely renormalizable Lorenz maps which do not have a priori bounds. This phenomenon is related to the position of the critical point of the consecutive renormalizations. The crucial technical ingredient used to obtain these examples without a physical measure, is the control of the position of these critical points.

R. Radu and R. Tanase
Semi-parabolic tools for hyperbolic Henon maps and continuity of Julia sets in $\mathbb{C}^2$
Abstract:

We prove some new continuity results for the Julia sets $J$ and $J^{+}$ of the complex Hénon map $H_{c,a}(x,y)=(x^{2}+c+ay, ax)$, where $a$ and $c$ are complex parameters. We look at the parameter space of dissipative Hénon maps which have a fixed point with one eigenvalue $(1+t)\lambda$, where $\lambda$ is a root of unity and $t$ is real and small in absolute value. These maps have a semi-parabolic fixed point when $t$ is $0$, and we use the techniques that we have developed in [RT] for the semi-parabolic case to describe nearby perturbations. We show that for small nonzero $|t|$, the Hénon map is hyperbolic and has connected Julia set. We prove that the Julia sets $J$ and $J^{+}$ depend continuously on the parameters as $t\rightarrow 0$, which is a two-dimensional analogue of radial convergence from one-dimensional dynamics. Moreover, we prove that this family of Hénon maps is stable on $J$ and $J^{+}$ when $t$ is nonnegative.

T. Firsova, M. Lyubich, R. Radu, and R. Tanase
Hedgehogs for neutral dissipative germs of holomorphic diffeomorphisms of $(\mathbb{C}^{2},0)$
Abstract:

We prove the existence of hedgehogs for germs of complex analytic diffeomorphisms of $(\mathbb{C}^{2},0)$ with a semi-neutral fixed point at the origin, using topological techniques. This approach also provides an alternative proof of a theorem of Pérez-Marco on the existence of hedgehogs for germs of univalent holomorphic maps of $(\mathbb{C},0)$ with a neutral fixed point.

M. Lyubich, R. Radu, and R. Tanase
Hedgehogs in higher dimensions and their applications
Abstract:

In this paper we study the dynamics of germs of holomorphic diffeomorphisms of $(\mathbb{C}^{n},0)$ with a fixed point at the origin with exactly one neutral eigenvalue. We prove that the map on any local center manifold of $0$ is quasiconformally conjugate to a holomorphic map and use this to transport results from one complex dimension to higher dimensions.

M. Lyubich and S. Merenkov
Quasisymmetries of the basilica and the Thompson group
Abstract:
We give a description of the group of all quasisymmetric self-maps of the Julia set of $f(z)=z^2-1$ that have orientation preserving homeomorphic extensions to the whole plane. More precisely, we prove that this group is the uniform closure of the group generated by the Thompson group of the unit circle and an inversion. Moreover, this result is quantitative in the sense that distortions of the approximating maps are uniformly controlled by the distortion of the given map.
M. Martens and B. Winkler
Instability of renormalization
Abstract:

In the theory of renormalization for classical dynamical systems, e.g. unimodal maps and critical circle maps, topological conjugacy classes are stable manifolds of renormalization. Physically more realistic systems on the other hand may exhibit instability of renormalization within a topological class. This instability gives rise to new phenomena and opens up directions of inquiry that go beyond the classical theory. In phase space it leads to the coexistence phenomenon, i.e. there are systems whose attractor has bounded geometry but which are topologically conjugate to systems whose attractor has degenerate geometry; in parameter space it causes dimensional discrepancy, i.e. a topologically full family has too few dimensions to realize all possible geometric behavior.

M. Lyubich and H. Peters
Structure of partially hyperbolic Hènon maps
Abstract:

We consider the structure of substantially dissipative complex Hènon maps admitting a dominated splitting on the Julia set. The dominated splitting assumption corresponds to the one-dimensional assumption that there are no critical points on the Julia set. Indeed, we prove the corresponding description of the Fatou set, namely that it consists of only finitely many components, each either attracting or parabolic periodic. In particular there are no rotation domains, and no wandering components. Moreover, we show that $J = J^\star$ and the dynamics on $J$ is hyperbolic away from parabolic cycles.

A. Dudko and S. Sutherland
On the Lebesgue measure of the Feigenbaum Julia set
Abstract:

We show that the Julia set of the Feigenbaum polynomial has Hausdorff dimension less than 2 (and consequently it has zero Lebesgue measure). This solves a long-standing open question.

D. Dudko, M. Lyubich, and N. Selinger
Pacman renormalization and self-similarity of the Mandelbrot set near Siegel parameters
Abstract:

In the 1980s Branner and Douady discovered a surgery relating various limbs of the Mandelbrot set. We put this surgery in the framework of "Pacman Renormalization Theory" that combines features of quadratic-like and Siegel renormalizations. We show that Siegel renormalization periodic points (constructed by McMullen in the 1990s) can be promoted to pacman renormalization periodic points. Then we prove that these periodic points are hyperbolic with one-dimensional unstable manifold. As a consequence, we obtain the scaling laws for the centers of satellite components of the Mandelbrot set near the corresponding Siegel parameters.

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