M & J-sets similarity for preperiodic points. Lei's theorem
Douglas C. Ravenel

Here Julia sets J(co) associated with the preperiodic points co near the point z = co are shown. These pictures are compared with the corresponding areas of the Mandelbrot set.

J pictures differ from the corresponding M pictures in that there are no black regions in them. On the other hand if we zoom in to a preperiodic point in M, the nearby miniature Ms shrink faster than the view window (if we shrink the picture by a factor of m the miniature Ms shrink by a factor of m2), so they eventually disappear.

This local similarity between the Mandelbrot set near a preperiodic point co and the Julia set J(co ) near z = co shown above is the subject a theorem of Tan Lei.

Here is a partial explanation  for it in the case when period of co is 1. For small ε
fCo+εo(n+1)(0) = fCo+εon(co + ε)
= fCoon(co ) + ( d/dc fCon(0) |C=Co + d/dz fCoon(z) |z=Co ) ε + O(ε2)
= fCoon(co + knε) + O(ε2)
,
where
kn = ( d/dc fCon(co ) |C=Co + d/dz fCoon(z) |z=Co ) / d/dz fCoon(z) |z=Co .
As since
d/dc fCo(n+1)(co ) |C=Co = 2 hn d/dc fCon(co ) |C=Co + 1 ,
d/dz fCoo(n+1)(z) |z=Co = 2 hn d/dz fCoon(z) |z=Co ,     hn = fCoon(co )

and hn go to the fixed point h of the critical orbit of preperiodic point co for large enough n, then it can be shown, that kn converge to a finite k [Ravenel].

Equation
fCo+εo(n+1)(0) = fCoon(co + kε) + O(ε2)
means that for small ε the (n+1)th point in critical orbit of c = co can be approximated by the nth point in the Julia orbit of z = co+kε . I.e. the critical orbit is bounded if and only if the z orbit is bounded. This accounts for the local similarity between the Mandelbrot set near co and the Julia set J(co ) near z = co .

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