Siegel disc

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Siegel disc is a connected component in the Fatou set where the dynamics is analytically conjugated to an irrational rotation.


Given a holomorphic endomorphism on a Riemann surface we consider the dynamical system generated by the iterates of denoted by . We then call the orbit of as the set of forward iterates of . We are interested in the asymptotic behavior of the orbits in (which will usually be , the complex plane or , the Riemann sphere), and we call the phase plane or dynamical plane.

One possible asymptotic behavior for a point is to be a fixed point, or in general a periodic point. In this last case where is the period and means is a fixed point. We can then define the multiplier of the orbit as and this enables us to classify periodic orbits as attracting if superattracting if ), repelling if and indifferent if . Indifferent periodic orbits split in rationally indifferent and irrationally indifferent, depending on whether for some or for all , respectively.

Siegel discs are one of the possible cases of connected components in the Fatou set (the complementary set of the Julia set), according to Classification of Fatou components, and can occur around irrationally indifferent periodic points. The Fatou set is, roughly, the set of points where the iterates behave similarly to their neighbours (they form a normal family). Siegel discs correspond to points where the dynamics of is analytically conjugated to an irrational rotation of the complex disc.


The disk is named in honor of Carl Ludwig Siegel.


Formal definition

Let be a holomorphic endomorphism where is a Riemann surface, and let U be a connected component of the Fatou set . We say U is a Siegel disc of f around the point z_0 if there exists an analytic homeomorphism where is the unit disc and such that for some and .

Siegel's theorem proves the existence of Siegel discs for irrational numbers satisfying a strong irrationality condition (a Diophantine condition), thus solving an open problem since Fatou conjectured his theorem on the Classification of Fatou components.[2]

Later A. D. Brjuno improved this condition on the irrationality, enlarging it to the Brjuno numbers.[3]

This is part of the result from the Classification of Fatou components.

See also



  1. Rubén Berenguel and Núria Fagella An entire transcendental family with a persistent Siegel disc, 2009 preprint: arXiV:0907.0116
  2. Lennart Carleson and Theodore W. Gamelin, Complex Dynamics, Springer 1993
  3. John W. Milnor, Dynamics in One Complex Variable (Third Edition), Annals of Mathematics Studies 160, Princeton University Press 2006 (First appeared in 1990 as a Stony Brook IMS Preprint, available as arXiV:math.DS/9201272.)