In mathematics, a **Misiurewicz point** is a parameter value in the Mandelbrot set (the parameter space of complex quadratic maps) and also in real quadratic maps of the interval^{[1]} for which the critical point is strictly preperiodic (i.e., it becomes periodic after finitely many iterations but is not periodic itself). By analogy, the term *Misiurewicz point* is also used for parameters in a multibrot set where the unique critical point is strictly preperiodic. (This term makes less sense for maps in greater generality that have more than one (free) critical point because some critical points might be periodic and others not). These points are named after mathematician Michał Misiurewicz who first studied them.

A parameter is a Misiurewicz point if it satisfies the equations

and

so :

where :

- is a critical point of ,
- and are positive integers,
- denotes the -th iterate of .

Misiurewicz points are named after the Polish-American mathematician Michał Misiurewicz.^{[2]}

The term "Misiurewicz point" is used ambiguously: Misiurewicz originally investigated maps in which all critical points were non-recurrent (that is, there is a neighborhood of every critical point that is not visited by the orbit of this critical point), and this meaning is firmly established in the context of dynamics of iterated interval maps.^{[3]} The case that for a quadratic polynomial the unique critical point is strictly preperiodic is only a very special case. In this restricted sense, the term is used in complex dynamics; a more appropriate one would be **Misiurewicz–Thurston points** (after William Thurston, who investigated postcritically finite rational maps).

A complex quadratic polynomial has only one critical point. By a suitable conjugation any quadratic polynomial can be transformed into a map of the form which has a single critical point at . The Misiurewicz points of this family of maps are roots of the equations

(subject to the condition that the critical point is not periodic), where :

*k*is the pre-period*n*is the period- denotes the
*n*-fold composition of with itself i.e. the*n*^{th}iteration of .

For example, the Misiurewicz points with *k*=2 and *n*=1, denoted by *M*_{2,1}, are roots of

The root *c*=0 is not a Misiurewicz point because the critical point is a fixed point when *c*=0, and so is periodic rather than pre-periodic. This leaves a single Misiurewicz point *M*_{2,1} at *c* = −2.

Misiurewicz points belong to the boundary of the Mandelbrot set. Misiurewicz points are dense in the boundary of the Mandelbrot set.^{[4]}^{[5]}

If is a Misiurewicz point, then the associated filled Julia set is equal to the Julia set, and means the filled Julia set has no interior.

If is a Misiurewicz point, then in the corresponding Julia set all periodic cycles are repelling (in particular the cycle that the critical orbit falls onto).

The Mandelbrot set and Julia set are locally asymptotically self-similar around Misiurewicz points.^{[6]}

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Criteria for classifications:

- the number of external rays that land on them
- visual types

Misiurewicz points can be classified according to **the number of external rays that land on them** ^{[4]}

- with 3 or more external arguments (or angles), branch points, which disconnect the Mandelbrot set,
- with exactly 2 external arguments (points of arcs within the Mandelbrot set) that are less conspicuous and not easily found in pictures; non-branch points
- with 1 external argument: branch tips = end points

Visual types^{[7]}

- branch tips
- centers of spirals
- points where branches meet

According to the Branch Theorem of the Mandelbrot set,^{[5]} all branch points of the Mandelbrot set are Misiurewicz points.^{[4]}^{[5]}

Most Misiurewicz parameters in the Mandelbrot set look like "centers of spirals".^{[8]} The explanation for this is that at a Misiurewicz parameter, the critical value jumps onto a repelling periodic cycle after finitely many iterations. At each point during the cycle, the Julia set is asymptotically self-similar by a complex multiplication by the derivative of this cycle. If the derivative is non-real, this implies that the Julia set near the periodic cycle has a spiral structure. Thus, a similar spiral structure occurs in the Julia set near the critical value and, by Tan Lei's theorem, also in the Mandelbrot set near any Misiurewicz parameter for which the repelling orbit has a non-real multiplier. Depending on the value of this multiplier, the spiral shape can seem either more or less pronounced. The number of arms at the spiral equals the number of branches at the Misiurewicz parameter, and this equals the number of branches at the critical value in the Julia set. Even the principal Misiurewicz point in the 1/3-limb, at the end of the parameter rays at angles 9/56, 11/56, and 15/56, turns out to be asymptotically a spiral, with infinitely many turns, even though this is hard to see without magnification.

External arguments of Misiurewicz points, measured in turns are:

- rational numbers
- proper fraction with even denominator
- dyadic fractions with denominator and finite (terminating) expansion:
- fraction with denominator and repeating expansion:
^{[9]}

- dyadic fractions with denominator and finite (terminating) expansion:

where: a and b are positive integers and b is odd, subscript number shows base of numeral system.

Point :

- is a tip of the filament
^{[10]} - landing point of the external ray for the angle = 1/6
- Its critical orbits is
^{[11]}

Point

- is the end-point of main antenna of Mandelbrot set
^{[12]} - is landing point of only one external ray (parameter ray) of angle 1/2
- Its critical orbit:
- is
^{[11]} - Symbolic sequence = C L R R R ...
- preperiod is 2 and period 1

- is

Point

- is a principal Misiurewicz point of the 1/3 limb
- it has 3 external rays: 9/56, 11/56 and 15/56.

These are points which are not-branch and not-end ponts.

Point is near a Misiurewicz point . It is

- a center of a two-arms spiral
- a landing point of 2 external rays with angles: and where denominator is
- preperiodic point with preperiod and period

Point is near a Misiurewicz point ,

- which is landing point for pair of rays: ,
- has preperiod and period