# Mathematics of Computation

Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1960 (published as Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation 1943-1959), Mathematics of Computation is devoted to research articles of the highest quality in computational mathematics.

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## Pisot numbers in the neighborhood of a limit point. IIHTML articles powered by AMS MathViewer

by David W. Boyd
Math. Comp. 43 (1984), 593-602 Request permission

## Abstract:

Let S denote the set of real algebraic integers greater than one, all of whose other conjugates lie within the unit circle. In an earlier paper, we introduced the notion of "width" of a limit point $\alpha$ of S and showed that, if the width of $\alpha$ is smaller than 1.28... then there is an algorithm for determining all members of S in a neighborhood of $\alpha$. Recently, we introduced the "derived tree" in order to deal with limit points of greater width. Here, we apply these ideas to the study of the limit point ${\alpha _3}$, the zero of ${z^4} - 2{z^3} + z - 1$ outside the unit circle. We determine the smallest neighborhood ${\theta _1} < {\alpha _3} < {\theta _2}$ of ${\alpha _3}$ in which all elements of S other than ${\alpha _3}$ satisfy one of the equations ${z^n}({z^4} - 2{z^3} + z - 1) \pm A(z) = 0$, where $A(z)$ is one of ${z^3} - {z^2} + 1$, ${z^3} - z + 1$ or ${z^4} - {z^3} + z - 1$. The endpoints ${\theta _1}$, and ${\theta _2}$ are elements of S of degrees 23 and 42, respectively.
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