# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

2010, 17: 20-33. doi: 10.3934/era.2010.17.20

## Theory of $(a,b)$-continued fraction transformations and applications

 1 Department of Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 2 Department of Mathematical Sciences, DePaul University, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-3504

Received  November 2009 Revised  February 2010 Published  April 2010

We study a two-parameter family of one-dimensional maps and the related $(a,b)$-continued fractions suggested for consideration by Don Zagier and announce the following results and outline their proofs: (i) the associated natural extension maps have attractors with finite rectangular structure for the entire parameter set except for a Cantor-like set of one-dimensional zero measure that we completely describe; (ii) for a dense open set of parameters the Reduction theory conjecture holds, i.e. every point is mapped to the attractor after finitely many iterations. We also give an application of this theory to coding geodesics on the modular surface and outline the computation of the smooth invariant measures associated with these transformations.
Citation: Svetlana Katok, Ilie Ugarcovici. Theory of $(a,b)$-continued fraction transformations and applications. Electronic Research Announcements, 2010, 17: 20-33. doi: 10.3934/era.2010.17.20
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