Dynamical Systems

Curves in the Julia set of a complex exponential function

Our work

At the University of Liverpool, there is a large and active research group in dynamical systems:

Mary Rees works in Complex Dynamics. She has particular interest in the variation of dynamics in parameter spaces, and is engaged on a (long term) detailed study of the parameter space of quadratic rational maps.

Toby Hall works in Topological Dynamics, with particular interest in surface homeomorphisms. Recently he has been working with Andre de Carvalho on pruning theory - which describes the controlled destruction of the dynamics of surface homeomorphisms - and its relation to horseshoe creation and the Henon family.

Radhakrishnan (Kit) Nair works on ergodic theorems and their intimate relation to aritmetic questions. Ergodic theorems are foundational to ergodic theory (also called measurable dynamics). Their ambit also covers a number of topics perhaps not self evidently related to ergodic theory. A number of famous theorems in mathematics are in fact ergodic theorems. We mention a few. Dirichlet's theorem on primes in arithmetic progressions, Fejer's theorem on the summability of Fourier series, Lebesgue's differentiation theorem, the law of large numbers -- both weak and strong, Jarnik's theorem on the set of badly approximable numbers, Borel's theorem on normal numbers, Szemeredi's theorem on arithmetic progressions in sets of integers of positive density and so on. This is only a small sample of the interactions of the subject with other branches of mathematics, but even this list hints at its broad impact and also the recurrence of arithmetic topics throughout its development. The particular lines of enquiry that have most interested Dr. Nair include the following:

  • A: subsequence ergodic theorems, their proofs and applications;
  • B: distribution modulo one and its relation to ergodic theorems;
  • C: the failure of ergodic theorems and its relation to diophantine approximation and hyperbolic dynamics;
  • D: Glasner sets, toplogical dynamics and exponential sums;
  • E: the existance of invariant measures for maps of the interval;
  • F: non-linear Poincaré and multiple recurrence and the arithmetic of sets of integers of positive density;
  • G: strong uniform distribution;
  • H: Riemann sums and Lebesgue integrals;
  • I: exceptional sets in hyperbolic and self-affine settings;
  • J: metric discrepancy estimates;
  • K: ergodic square functions and oscillation functions;
  • L: moving average ergodic theorems and their applications.

Papers related to these sections are indicated on Dr Nair's homepage by an appropriate letter, though these classifications are only a rough guide.

Lasse Rempe-Gillen works in Complex Dynamics. He is particularly interested in the dynamics of transcendental functions of one complex variable, e.g. transcendental entire functions such as the exponential map, or transcendental meromorphic functions such as the tangent map. His doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Walter Bergweiler in Kiel, obtained a number of new results on the family of exponential maps. In particular, he was able to answer questions posed by Herman, Baker and Rippon and by Devaney, Goldberg and Hubbard in the 1980s.

Since then, his main interest has been to understand the dynamics of larger classes of entire functions, particularly with a view towards their topology. Joint work with Rottenfußer, Rückert and Schleicher answered long-standing open questions by Fatou and Eremenko, and there has been significant progress in studying the dynamics of the large Eremenko-Lyubich class of transcendental entire functions with a bounded set of singular values.

Current projects include a question of Eremenko regarding unboundedness of escaping components, the study of measurable dynamics of transcendental functions following ideas of Urbanski, Zdunik and others, and (jointly with Sebastian van Strien) density of hyperbolicity in parameter spaces of real transcendental entire functions.