Strong renewal theorems and Lyapunov spectra for alpha-Farey and alpha-Luroth systems

Marc Kesseboehmer*, Sara Munday, Bernd O. Stratmann

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In this paper, we introduce and study the alpha-Farey map and its associated jump transformation, the alpha-Luroth map, for an arbitrary countable partition alpha of the unit interval with atoms which accumulate only at the origin. These maps represent linearized generalizations of the Farey map and the Gauss map from elementary number theory. First, a thorough analysis of some of their topological and ergodic theoretical properties is given, including establishing exactness for both types of these maps. The first main result then is to establish weak and strong renewal laws for what we have called alpha-sum-level sets for the alpha-Luroth map. Similar results have previously been obtained for the Farey map and the Gauss map by using infinite ergodic theory. In this respect, a side product of the paper is to allow for greater transparency of some of the core ideas of infinite ergodic theory. The second remaining result is to obtain a complete description of the Lyapunov spectra of the alpha-Farey map and the alpha-Luroth map in terms of the thermodynamical formalism. We show how to derive these spectra and then give various examples which demonstrate the diversity of their behaviours in dependence on the chosen partition alpha.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-1017
Number of pages29
JournalErgodic Theory and Dynamical Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Continued fractions
  • Farey map
  • Gauss map
  • Infinite ergodic theory
  • Lyapunov spectra
  • Thermodynamical formalism


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