# On a devil’s staircase associated to the joint spectral radii of a family of pairs of matrices

Journal of the European Mathematical Society (2013)

- Volume: 015, Issue: 5, page 1747-1782
- ISSN: 1435-9855

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topMorris, Ian D., and Sidorov, Nikita. "On a devil’s staircase associated to the joint spectral radii of a family of pairs of matrices." Journal of the European Mathematical Society 015.5 (2013): 1747-1782. <http://eudml.org/doc/277187>.

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abstract = {The joint spectral radius of a finite set of real $d\times d$ matrices is defined to be the maximum possible exponential rate of growth of products of matrices drawn from that set. In previous work with K. G. Hare and J. Theys we showed that for a certain one-parameter family of pairs of matrices, this maximum possible rate of growth is attained along Sturmian sequences with a certain characteristic ratio which depends continuously upon the parameter. In this note we answer some open questions from that paper by showing that the dependence of the ratio function upon the parameter takes the form of a Devil’s staircase. We show in particular that this Devil’s staircase attains every rational value strictly between 0 and 1 on some interval, and attains irrational values only in a set of Hausdorff dimension zero. This result generalises to include certain one-parameter families considered by other authors. We also give explicit formulas for the preimages of both rational and irrational numbers under the ratio function, thereby establishing a large family of pairs of matrices for which the joint spectral radius may be calculated exactly.},

author = {Morris, Ian D., Sidorov, Nikita},

journal = {Journal of the European Mathematical Society},

keywords = {joint spectral radius; devil's staircase; finiteness conjecture; Sturmian sequence; balanced word; family of matrices; spectral radius; family of matrices; Sturmian sequence; spectral radius},

language = {eng},

number = {5},

pages = {1747-1782},

publisher = {European Mathematical Society Publishing House},

title = {On a devil’s staircase associated to the joint spectral radii of a family of pairs of matrices},

url = {http://eudml.org/doc/277187},

volume = {015},

year = {2013},

}

TY - JOUR

AU - Morris, Ian D.

AU - Sidorov, Nikita

TI - On a devil’s staircase associated to the joint spectral radii of a family of pairs of matrices

JO - Journal of the European Mathematical Society

PY - 2013

PB - European Mathematical Society Publishing House

VL - 015

IS - 5

SP - 1747

EP - 1782

AB - The joint spectral radius of a finite set of real $d\times d$ matrices is defined to be the maximum possible exponential rate of growth of products of matrices drawn from that set. In previous work with K. G. Hare and J. Theys we showed that for a certain one-parameter family of pairs of matrices, this maximum possible rate of growth is attained along Sturmian sequences with a certain characteristic ratio which depends continuously upon the parameter. In this note we answer some open questions from that paper by showing that the dependence of the ratio function upon the parameter takes the form of a Devil’s staircase. We show in particular that this Devil’s staircase attains every rational value strictly between 0 and 1 on some interval, and attains irrational values only in a set of Hausdorff dimension zero. This result generalises to include certain one-parameter families considered by other authors. We also give explicit formulas for the preimages of both rational and irrational numbers under the ratio function, thereby establishing a large family of pairs of matrices for which the joint spectral radius may be calculated exactly.

LA - eng

KW - joint spectral radius; devil's staircase; finiteness conjecture; Sturmian sequence; balanced word; family of matrices; spectral radius; family of matrices; Sturmian sequence; spectral radius

UR - http://eudml.org/doc/277187

ER -

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