Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems

Convex dynamics with constant input

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InAdler et al [Convex dynamics and applications. Ergod. Th. & Dynam. Sys. 25 (2005), 321-352] certain piecewise linear maps were defined in terms of a convex polytope. When the convex polytope is a simplex, the resulting map has a dual nature. On one hand it is defined on RN and acts as a piecewise translation. On the other it can be viewed as a translation on the N-torus. What relates its two roles? A natural answer would be that there exists an invariant fundamental set into which all orbits under piecewise translation eventually enter. We prove this for N=1 and for acute and right trianglesi.e.non-obtuse triangles. We leave open the case of obtuse triangles and higher-dimensional simplices. Another question not treated is the connectivity of the invariant fundamental sets which arise. © 2009 Cambridge University Press.