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Covering Maps and Periodic Functions on Higher Dimensional Sierpinski Gaskets

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 Printed: Oct 2009
  • Huo-Jun Ruan
  • Robert S. Strichartz
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We construct covering maps from infinite blowups of the $n$-dimensional Sierpinski gasket $SG_n$ to certain compact fractafolds based on $SG_n$. These maps are fractal analogs of the usual covering maps from the line to the circle. The construction extends work of the second author in the case $n=2$, but a different method of proof is needed, which amounts to solving a Sudoku-type puzzle. We can use the covering maps to define the notion of periodic function on the blowups. We give a characterization of these periodic functions and describe the analog of Fourier series expansions. We study covering maps onto quotient fractalfolds. Finally, we show that such covering maps fail to exist for many other highly symmetric fractals.
MSC Classifications: 28A80 show english descriptions Fractals [See also 37Fxx] 28A80 - Fractals [See also 37Fxx]

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