The power law for the Buffon needle probability of the fourcorner Cantor set
Authors:
F. Nazarov, Y. Peres and A. Volberg
Original publication:
Algebra i Analiz, tom 22 (2010), nomer 1.
Journal:
St. Petersburg Math. J. 22 (2011), 6172
MSC (2010):
Primary 28A80; Secondary 28A75, 60D05, 28A78
Published electronically:
November 16, 2010
MathSciNet review:
2641082
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Abstract: Let be the th generation in the construction of the middlehalf Cantor set. The Cartesian square of consists of squares of side length . The chance that a long needle thrown at random in the unit square will meet is essentially the average length of the projections of , also known as the Favard length of . A classical theorem of Besicovitch implies that the Favard length of tends to zero. It is still an open problem to determine its exact rate of decay. Until recently, the only explicit upper bound was , due to Peres and Solomyak ( is the number of times one needs to take the log to obtain a number less than , starting from ). In the paper, a power law bound is obtained by combining analytic and combinatorial ideas.
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F. Nazarov
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin
Email:
nazarov@math.wisc.edu
Y. Peres
Affiliation:
Microsoft Research Redmond – and – Departments of Statistics and Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley
Email:
peres@microsoft.com
A. Volberg
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Michigan State University – and – the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Email:
volberg@math.msu.edu, a.volberg@ed.ac.uk
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S106100222010011336
Keywords:
Favard length,
fourcorner Cantor set,
Buffon’s needle
Received by editor(s):
October 20, 2008
Published electronically:
November 16, 2010
Additional Notes:
The research of the authors was supported in part by NSF grants DMS0501067 (Nazarov and Volberg) and DMS0605166 (Peres).
Dedicated:
Dedicated to Victor Petrovich Havin on the occasion of his 75th birthday
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