Dendrite (mathematics)

In mathematics, a dendrite is a certain type of topological space that may be characterized either as a locally connected dendroid or equivalently as a locally connected continuum that contains no simple closed curves.[1]


Dendrites may be used to model certain types of Julia set.[2] For example, if 0 is pre-periodic, but not periodic, under the function , then the Julia set of is a dendrite.[3]


  1. Whyburn, Gordon Thomas (1942), Analytic Topology, American Mathematical Society Colloquium Publications, 28, New York: American Mathematical Society, p. 88, MR 0007095.
  2. Carleson, Lennart; Gamelin, Theodore W. (1993), Complex Dynamics, Universitext, 69, Springer, p. 94, ISBN 9780387979427.
  3. Devaney, Robert L. (1989), An Introduction to Chaotic Dynamical Systems, Studies in Nonlinearity, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, p. 294, MR 1046376.

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