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*The Critical Locus and Rigidity of Foliations of Complex Henon Maps*

We study Henon maps which are perturbations of a hyperbolic polynomial p with connected Julia set. We give a complete description of the critical locus of these maps. In particular, we show that for each critical point c of p, there is a primary component of the critical locus asymptotic to the line y = c. Moreover, primary components are conformally equivalent to the punctured disk, and their orbits cover the whole critical set. We also describe the holonomy maps from such a component to itself along the leaves of two natural foliations. Finally, we show that a quadratic Henon map taken along with the natural pair of foliations, is a rigid object, in the sense that a conjugacy between two such maps respecting the foliations is a holomorphic or antiholomorphic affine map.

arXiv:2101.12148 |

*The W. Thurston Algorithm Applied to Real Polynomial Maps*

This note will describe an effective procedure for constructing critically finite real polynomial maps with specified combinatorics.

arXiv:2005.07800 |

*Elastic Graphs for Main Molecule Matings*

Recent work of Dylan Thurston gives a condition for when a post-critically finite branched self-cover of the sphere is equivalent to a rational map. We apply D. Thurston's positive criterion for rationality to give a new proof of a theorem of Rees, Shishikura, and Tan about the mateability of quadratic polynomials when one polynomial is in the main molecule. These methods may be a step in understanding the mateability of higher degree post-critically finite polynomials and demonstrate how to apply the positive criterion to classical problems.

arXiv:2010.11382 |

*The W. Thurston Algorithm for Real Quadratic Rational Maps*

A study of real quadratic maps with real critical points, emphasizing the effective construction of critically finite maps with specified combinatorics. We discuss the behavior of the Thurston algorithm in obstructed cases, and in one exceptional badly behaved case, and provide a new description of the appropriate moduli spaces. There is also an application to topological entropy.

*Bottlenecks for Weil-Petersson geodesics*

We introduce a method for constructing Weil-Petersson (WP) geodesics with certain behavior in the Teichmüller space. This allows us to study the itinerary of geodesics among the strata of the WP completion and its relation to subsurface projection coefficients of their end invariants. As an application we demonstrate the disparity between short curves in the universal curve over a WP geodesic and those of the associated hyperbolic 3-manifold.

*David extension of circle homeomorphisms, welding, mating, and removability*

We provide a David extension result for circle homeomorphisms conjugating two dynamical systems such that parabolic periodic points go to parabolic periodic points, but hyperbolic points can go to parabolics as well. We use this result, in particular, to prove the existence of a new class of welding homeomorphisms, to establish an explicit dynamical connection between critically fixed anti-rational maps and kissing reflection groups, to show conformal removability of the Julia sets of geometrically finite polynomials and of the limit sets of necklace reflection groups, to produce matings of anti-polynomials and necklace reflection groups, and to give a new proof of the existence of Suffridge polynomials (extremal points in certain spaces of univalent maps)

*Self-similar groups and holomorphic dynamics: Renormalization, integrability, and spectrum*

In this paper, we explore the spectral measures of the Laplacian on Schreier graphs for several self-similar groups (the Grigorchuk, Lamplighter, and Hanoi groups) from the dynamical and algebro-geometric viewpoints. For these graphs, classical Schur renormalization transformations act on appropriate spectral parameters as rational maps in two variables. We show that the spectra in question can be interpreted as asymptotic distributions of slices by a line of iterated pullbacks of certain algebraic curves under the corresponding rational maps (leading us to a notion of a spectral current). We follow up with a dynamical criterion for discreteness of the spectrum. In case of discrete spectrum, the precise rate of convergence of finite-scale approximands to the limiting spectral measure is given. For the three groups under consideration, the corresponding rational maps happen to be fibered over polynomials in one variable. We reveal the algebro-geometric nature of this integrability phenomenon.

arXiv:2010.00675 |

*The Critical Locus and Rigidity of Foliations of Complex Henon Maps*

We study Henon maps which are perturbations of a hyperbolic polynomial p with connected Julia set. We give a complete description of the critical locus of these maps. In particular, we show that for each critical point c of p, there is a primary component of the critical locus asymptotic to the line y = c. Moreover, primary components are conformally equivalent to the punctured disk, and their orbits cover the whole critical set. We also describe the holonomy maps from such a component to itself along the leaves of two natural foliations. Finally, we show that a quadratic Henon map taken along with the natural pair of foliations, is a rigid object, in the sense that a conjugacy between two such maps respecting the foliations is a holomorphic or antiholomorphic affine map.

arXiv:2101.12148 |

*Local Connectivity of Polynomial Julia sets at Bounded Type Siegel Boundaries*

Consider a polynomial f of degree d≥2 whose Julia set Jf is connected. If f has a Siegel disc Δf of bounded type rotation number, then Jf is locally connected at the Siegel boundary ∂Δf.

*Topological and geometric hyperbolicity criteria for polynomial automorphisms of C^2*

We prove that uniform hyperbolicity is invariant under topological conjugacy for dissipative polynomial automorphisms of C^2. Along the way we also show that a sufficient condition for hyperbolicity is that local stable and unstable manifolds of saddle points have uniform geometry.