Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems

Fibonacci fixed point of renormalization

a1 Université Paul Sabatier, Laboratoire Emile Picard, 31062 Toulouse cedex, France


To study the geometry of a Fibonacci map $f$ of even degree $\ell\geq 4$, Lyubich (Dynamics of quadratic polynomials, I–II. Acta Mathematica 178 (1997), 185–297) defined a notion of generalized renormalization, so that $f$ is renormalizable infinitely many times. van Strien and Nowicki (Polynomial maps with a Julia set of positive Lebesgue measure: Fibonacci maps. Preprint, Institute for Mathematical Sciences, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1994) proved that the generalized renormalizations ${\cal R}^{\circ n}(f)$ converge to a cycle $\{f_1,f_2\}$ of order two depending only on $\ell$. We will explicitly relate $f_1$ and $f_2$ and show the convergence in shape of Fibonacci puzzle pieces to the Julia set of an appropriate polynomial-like map.

(Received November 29 1997)
(Revised April 7 1998)