Graduate Thesis Or Dissertation


Primitive Divisors in Generalized Iterations of Chebyshev Polynomials Public Deposited
  • Let (gi)i ≥1 be a sequence of Chebyshev polynomials, each with degree at least two, and define (fi) i≥₁ by the following recursion: f = g, fn = gnfn-1, for n ≥ 2. Choose α ∈ Q such that {gn1 (α) : n ≥ 1} is an infinite set. The main result is as follows: Let γ ∈ {0, ±1}, if f n(α) = An/Bn is written in lowest terms, then for all but finitely many n > 0, the numerator, An, has a primitive divisor; that is, there is a prime p which divides An but does not divide Ai for any i < n.

    In addition to the main result, several of the tools developed to prove the main result may be of interest.

    A key component of the main result was the development of a generalization of canonical height. Namely: If [f] is a set of rational maps, all commuting with a common function f, and f = (fi)i=1 is a generalized iteration of rational maps formed by fn(x) = gn( fn–₁(x)) with gᵢ coming from [f], then there is a unique canonical height funtion ĥf : K → [special characters omitted] which is identical to the canonical height function associated to f. Another key component of the main result was proving that under certain circumstances, being acted upon by a Chebyshev polynomial does not lead to significant differences between the size of the numerator and denominator of the result. Specifically, let γ ∈ {0, ±1, ±2} be fixed, and gᵢ be a sequence of Chebyshev polynomials. Let f given by the following recurrence f ₁(z) = g₁(z), and fᵢ = gᵢ( fᵢ–₁(z)) for i ≥ 2. Pick any α ∈ [special characters omitted] with |α + γ| < 2, such that α + γ is not pre-periodic for one hence any Chebyshev polynomial. Write f n(α + γ) − γ = [special characters omitted] in lowest terms. Then limn→∞ logAn logBn =1. Finally, some areas of future research are discussed.

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  • 2013
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  • 2020-01-21
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