The Perturbed Rat

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Recently, Blanchard, Devaney, Garijo, and Russell have studied rational maps of the form , where and are complex-valued parameters. This Demonstration considers the special case when and . When both the real and imaginary parts of are equal to zero, we obtain a Julia set called "the rat". When is nonzero, there is a pole of order three at the origin that changes the structure of the Julia set and perturbs the rat.

Contributed by: Elizabeth Russell, Sebastian Marotta, and Jeff Hamrick (March 2011)
Based on work by: Paul Blanchard, Bob Devaney, Antonio Garijo, and Elizabeth Russell
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



When is sufficiently small, the Julia set has a structure analogous to a Cantor set of simple, closed curves for the map , for . This family of maps ("the rat maps") generalizes a result of Kurt McMullen.

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P. Blanchard, R. L. Devaney, A. Garijo, and E. Russell, "A Generalized Version of the McMullen Domain," International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 18(8), 2008 pp. 2309–2318.

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