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Thurston equivalence of topological polynomials

Laurent Bartholdi and Volodymyr Nekrashevych

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We answer Hubbard's question on determining the Thurston equivalence class of “twisted rabbits”, i.e. composita of the “rabbit” polynomial with nth powers of the Dehn twists about its ears. The answer is expressed in terms of the 4-adic expansion of n. We also answer the equivalent question for the other two families of degree-2 topological polynomials with three post-critical points. In the process, we rephrase the questions in group-theoretical language, in terms of wreath recursions.

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Acta Math., Volume 197, Number 1 (2006), 1-51.

Received: 21 November 2005
First available in Project Euclid: 31 January 2017

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Bartholdi, Laurent; Nekrashevych, Volodymyr. Thurston equivalence of topological polynomials. Acta Math. 197 (2006), no. 1, 1--51. doi:10.1007/s11511-006-0007-3.

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