A preperiodic orbit.

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 pre-periodic (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 pre-periodic. 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 the Polish-American mathematician Michał Misiurewicz, who was the first to study them.[2]

Principal Misiurewicz point of the wake 1/31

Mathematical notation

A parameter is a Misiurewicz point if it satisfies the equations:





The term "Misiurewicz point" is used ambiguously: Misiurewicz originally investigated maps in which all critical points were non-recurrent; that is, in which there exists a neighbourhood for every critical point that is not visited by the orbit of this critical point. This meaning is firmly established in the context of the dynamics of iterated interval maps.[3] Only in very special cases does a quadratic polynomial have a strictly periodic and unique critical point. 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 post-critically finite rational maps).

Quadratic 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:

For example, the Misiurewicz points with k= 2 and n= 1, denoted by M2,1, 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 M2,1 at c = −2.

Properties of Misiurewicz points of complex quadratic mapping

Misiurewicz points belong to, and 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]


Misiurewicz points in the context of the Mandelbrot set can be classified based on several criteria. One such criterion is the number of external rays that converge on such a point.[4] Branch points, which can divide the Mandelbrot set into two or more sub-regions, have three or more external arguments (or angles). Non-branch points have exactly two external rays (these correspond to points lying on arcs within the Mandelbrot set). These non-branch points are generally more subtle and challenging to identify in visual representations. End points, or branch tips, have only one external ray converging on them. Another criterion for classifying Misiurewicz points is their appearance within a plot of a subset of the Mandelbrot set. Misiurewicz points can be found at the centers of spirals as well as at points where two or more branches meet.[7] 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 within the Mandelbrot set exhibit a "center of a spiral".[8] This occurs due to the behavior at a Misiurewicz parameter where the critical value jumps onto a repelling periodic cycle after a finite number of iterations. At each point during the cycle, the Julia set exhibits asymptotic self-similarity through complex multiplication by the derivative of this cycle. If the derivative is non-real, it implies that the Julia set near the periodic cycle has a spiral structure. Consequently, 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. The visibility of the spiral shape depends on the value of this multiplier. The number of arms in the spiral corresponds to the number of branches at the Misiurewicz parameter, which in turn equals the number of branches at the critical value in the Julia set. Even the principal Misiurewicz point in the 1/3-limb, located at the end of the parameter rays at angles 9/56, 11/56, and 15/56, is asymptotically a spiral with infinitely many turns, although this is difficult to discern without magnification.[citation needed]

External arguments

External arguments of Misiurewicz points, measured in turns are:

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

Examples of Misiurewicz points of complex quadratic mapping

End points

Orbit of critical point under

Point is considered an end point as it is a tip of a filament,[10] and the landing point of the external ray for the angle 1/6. Its critical orbit is .[11]

Point is considered an end point as it is the endpoint of the main antenna of the Mandelbrot set.[12] and the landing point of only one external ray (parameter ray) of angle 1/2. It is also considered an end point because its critical orbit is ,[11] following the Symbolic sequence = C L R R R ... with a pre-period of 2 and period of 1.

Branch points

Zoom around principal Misiurewicz point for periods from 2 to 1024

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

Other points

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

Point is near a Misiurewicz point . This can be seen because it is a center of a two-arms spiral, the landing point of 2 external rays with angles: and where the denominator is , and has a preperiodic point with pre-period and period

Point is near a Misiurewicz point , as it is the landing point for pair of rays: , and has pre-period and period .

See also


  1. ^ Diaz-Ruelas, A.; Baldovin, F.; Robledo, A. (19 January 2022). "Logistic map trajectory distributions:Renormalization-group, entropy, and criticality at the transition to chaos". Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science. Chaos 31, 033112 (2021). 31 (3): 033112. doi:10.1063/5.0040544. hdl:11577/3387743. PMID 33810710. S2CID 231933949.
  2. ^ Michał Misiurewicz home page, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  3. ^ Wellington de Melo, Sebastian van Strien, "One-dimensional dynamics". Monograph, Springer Verlag (1991)
  4. ^ a b c Adrien Douady, John Hubbard, "Etude dynamique des polynômes complexes", prépublications mathématiques d'Orsay, 1982/1984
  5. ^ a b c Dierk Schleicher, "On Fibers and Local Connectivity of Mandelbrot and Multibrot Sets", in: M. Lapidus, M. van Frankenhuysen (eds): Fractal Geometry and Applications: A Jubilee of Benoît Mandelbrot. Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics 72, American Mathematical Society (2004), 477–507 or online paper from arXiv.org
  6. ^ Lei.pdf Tan Lei, "Similarity between the Mandelbrot set and Julia Sets", Communications in Mathematical Physics 134 (1990), pp. 587-617.
  7. ^ Fractal Geometry Yale University Michael Frame, Benoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010), and Nial Neger November 6, 2022
  8. ^ The boundary of the Mandelbrot set Archived 2003-03-28 at the Wayback Machine by Michael Frame, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Nial Neger
  9. ^ Binary Decimal Numbers and Decimal Numbers Other Than Base Ten by Thomas Kim-wai Yeung and Eric Kin-keung Poon
  10. ^ Tip of the filaments by Robert P. Munafo
  11. ^ a b Preperiodic (Misiurewicz) points in the Mandelbrot set by Evgeny Demidov
  12. ^ tip of main antennae by Robert P. Munafo

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