Mathematical Research Letters

Volume 6 (1999)

Number 3

Scaling ratios and triangles in Siegel disks

Pages: 293 – 305



Xavier Buff (Université Paul Sabatier)

Christian Henriksen (The Technical University of Denmark)


Let $f(z)=e^{2i\pi\theta} z+z^2$, where $\theta$ is a quadratic irrational. McMullen proved that the Siegel disk for $f$ is self-similar about the critical point. We give a lower bound for the ratio of self-similarity, and we show that if $\theta=(\sqrt 5-1)/2$ is the golden mean, then there exists a triangle contained in the Siegel disk, and with one vertex at the critical point. This answers a 15 years old conjecture.

Published 1 January 1999