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An analogue of Cobham’s theorem for fractals


Authors: Boris Adamczewski and Jason Bell
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 363 (2011), 4421-4442
MSC (2010): Primary 28A80, 11B85
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9947-2011-05357-2
Published electronically: March 4, 2011
MathSciNet review: 2792994
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Abstract: We introduce the notion of $k$-self-similarity for compact subsets of $\mathbb {R}^n$ and show that it is a natural analogue of the notion of $k$-automatic subsets of integers. We show that various well-known fractals such as the triadic Cantor set, the Sierpiński carpet or the Menger sponge turn out to be $k$-self-similar for some integers $k$. We then prove an analogue of Cobham’s theorem for compact sets of $\mathbb R$ that are self-similar with respect to two multiplicatively independent bases $k$ and $\ell$. Namely, we show that $X$ is both a $k$- and an $\ell$-self-similar compact subset of $\mathbb {R}$ if and only if it is a finite union of closed intervals with rational endpoints.


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Boris Adamczewski
Affiliation: CNRS, Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, Institut Camille Jordan, 43 boulevard du 11 novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex, France
MR Author ID: 704234
Email: Boris.Adamczewski@math.univ-lyon1.fr

Jason Bell
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5A 1S6
MR Author ID: 632303
Email: jpb@math.sfu.ca

Received by editor(s): July 5, 2009
Received by editor(s) in revised form: January 28, 2010, and March 23, 2010
Published electronically: March 4, 2011
Additional Notes: The first author was supported by the ANR through the project “DyCoNum”–JCJC06 134288. He also thanks Jean-Paul Allouche for pointing out relevant references.
The second author thanks NSERC for its generous support.
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