Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Preprint ims04-05

A. Avila and M. Lyubich
Hausdorff dimension and conformal measures of Feigenbaum Julia sets

Abstract: We show that contrary to anticipation suggested by the dictionary between rational maps and Kleinian groups and by the ``hairiness phenomenon'', there exist many Feigenbaum Julia sets $J(f)$ whose Hausdorff dimension is strictly smaller than two. We also prove that for any Feigenbaum Julia set, the Poincar\'e critical exponent $\de_\crit$ is equal to the hyperbolic dimension $\HD_\hyp(J(f))$. Moreover, if $\area J(f)=0$ then $\HD_\hyp (J(f))=\HD(J(f))$. In the stationary case, the last statement can be reversed: if $\area J(f)> 0$ then $\HD_\hyp (J(f))< 2$. We also give a new construction of conformal measures on $J(f)$ that implies that they exist for any $\de\in [\de_\crit, \infty)$, and analyze their scaling and dissipativity/conservativity properties.
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