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1 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Mathematisches Institut Diplomarbeit The Kakeya Problem Markus Furtner Betreuer : Prof. Dr. Laszlo Erdös Eingereicht am : 2. Juli 2008

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3 Declaration of Authorship I certify that I have authored this Diploma Thesis independently and without use of others than the indicated resources. It has not been submitted for a degree or examination at any other university. München, 2. Juli 2008

4 Abstract The original Kakeya problem, posed by S. Kakeya in 97, is to find a planar domain with the smallest area so that a unit line segment (a needle ) can be rotated by 80 degrees in this domain. It turned out that such sets may have arbitrary small measure, as shown by A. S. Besicovitch in 928, whereas he also showed that for n 2 there are subsets of R n of measure zero which contain a unit line segment in each direction. Such sets are called Besicovitch sets or Kakeya sets. The Kakeya conjecture is that Kakeya sets must have (Hausdorff or Minkowski-) dimension at least n. It is already proved for n = 2 but is still open in higher dimensions. For a more quantitative approach the problem will be translated into bounds for Kakeya maximal functions. This paper deals about such a bound in 3 dimensions, according to Bourgain [8], which implies that the dimension of Kakeya sets is at least 7. The proof goes 3 through a restricted weak type (p,q) bound, which involves mostly geometrical considerations, namely the so called bush argument. Interpolation with the 2-dimensional bound yield the asserted bound for Kakeya maximal functions. 2

5 Contents Kakeya sets 4. Besicovitch sets The Kakeya Needle Problem Analogues and Generalizations of the Kakeya problem Concepts in the Research of Kakeya sets 8 2. Fractal Dimension Fourier Transform Interpolation Kakeya Maximal Functions Estimates on the 3-dimensional Kakeya Maximal Function The Bounds for p = A Restricted weak-type Inequality An Overview of Present Results 53 3

6 Kakeya sets A Kakeya set is a compact set E R n which contains a unit line segment in each direction, i.e. ξ S n x R n : x + tξ E t [ 2, ]. (.) 2 For example, a disc of diameter one is a Kakeya set, which has area π 4 for n = 2. The issue is to find Kakeya sets with small Lebesgue measure. It turned out that there are Kakeya sets of measure zero, which was shown first by Besicovitch (99) [2].. Besicovitch sets In 97, Abram Samoilovitch Besicovitch (89-970) was working on problems about Riemann integration when the following question arose: If f is a Riemann integrable function defined on the plane, is it always possible to find orthogonal coordinate axis such that with respect to these coordinates the integral f(x, y)dx exists as a Riemann integral for all y where the resulting function of y is also Riemann integrable? Besicovitch noticed that if he constructed a compact set F of plane Lebesgue measure zero containing a unit line segment in every direction he could answer his question by showing a counter example: Fix a pair of axes such that each line segment in F which is parallel to one of the axis has no rational distance to it. Let F 0 be the set of all points in F with at least one rational coordinate. As F contains a unit line segment in every direction on which both F 0 and its complement are dense, there is a segment in each direction on which f := χ F0 is not Riemann integrable. However, f is Riemann integrable over the plane. Besicovitch actually succeeded in constructing such a set, which is known as Besicovitch set. His original construction (99 [2], 928 [3]) has been simplified by Perron (928)[37], Rademacher (962)[38], Schoenberg (962)[40][4], Besicovitch (963)[4][5] himself and Fisher (97)[22]. We will describe such a simplified construction, which can also be found in [20] and [43]. The basic idea of all these constructions is to form a Perron tree (see figure 3 on page 7). Obviously such a figure contains a unit line segment at each direction between the directions of the left and the right side of the original (equilateral) triangle. By taking two more copies of such a set and rotate 4

7 them through 60 and 20 degrees we will obtain a Kakeya set. We show that these Perron trees may have arbitrary small measure. In this section A denotes the area of a set A, i.e. the 2-dimensional Lebesgue measure of A. Lemma.. Consider a triangle T with base on a line L. Divide the base of T into two equal segments and join the points of division to the opposite vertex to form two adjacent triangles T and T 2 with base lengths b and heights h (as shown in the left side of figure ). Let 2 < α <. If T 2 is slid the distance 2( α)b along L to overlap T the resulting figure S consists of a triangle T similar to triangle T with T = α 2 T and two auxiliary triangles A, A 2 (right side of figure ). For this construction the area of S is given by S = (α 2 + 2( α) 2 ) T (.2) Proof. We will calculate the area of the triangles A, A 2 and T, where S = A + A 2 + T. T is similar to T and the base of T has length 2b 2( α)b = 2αb, therefore T = α 2 T. For calculating the area of A and A 2 we draw a line parallel to the base line of L that passes through the intersection point of A and A 2 (see figure 2). Hence we get four triangles A u, A l, A 2u, A 2l. By elementary geometric consideration A u is similar to T with ratio α and A 2u is similar to T 2 also with ratio α. Furthermore, A 2l is congruent to A u, and A l is congruent to A 2u. Consequently all four triangles have base length ( α)b and height ( α)h, hence and together A u = A l = A u2 = A l2 = 2 ( α)2 T (.3) S = T + A + A 2 = (α 2 + 2( α) 2 ) T. (.4) This elementary process is one main ingredient to this construction of a Besicovitch set. We will call triangles like T the heart and triangles like A, A 2 the arms. The monster we create will have a tiny heart and many arms. 5

8 Figure : Bisection of the triangle T and the overlapping figure S Figure 2: The triangles A u, A l, A 2u and A 2l have the same area 6

9 Figure 3: The stages of construction in the case of k = 3. Theorem.2. Consider a triangle T with base on a line L. Divide the base of T into 2 k equal segments and join the points of division to the opposite vertex to form 2 k elementary triangles T,...,T 2 k. If k is large enough there is a translation along L for each T ( i 2 k ) such that the area of the resulting (closed) figure S, which is the union of the translated T i, is as small as desired. Furthermore, for an open set V containing T, this translation can be done such that S V (with larger k if necessary). Proof. In the first step we consider consecutive pairs of elementary triangles T 2i, T 2i, ( i 2 k ). Move T 2i along L relative to T 2i as described in lemma. to obtain a figure Si consisting of a heart triangle Ti (similar to T 2i T 2i ) and two arms A 2i, A 2i. The coefficient α is fixed throughout the construction and will be specified later. 7

10 According to lemma. we have S i = (α2 + 2( α) 2 )( T 2i T 2i ). Note that for each i one side of the triangle T2i is parallel and equal to the opposite side of T2i. Therefore we can translate the S i such that the 2 n hearts Ti form one composed heart, which is similar to the original triangle T. During the construction there might occur some overlap among the arms of Si although we will not take advantage of it. In the second step we work with consecutive Si. For i 2k 2 translate S 2i relative to S 2i to obtain 2 k 2 figures Si 2. The total area of its hearts is α 2 α 2 T and the area of the additional arms is not greater than 2(α ) 2 α 2 T. Thus 2 k 2 Si 2 (α 4 + 2( α) 2 + 2(α ) 2 α 2 )) T. (.5) i= In the r-th step (2 r k) we translate the figures S r i ( i 2 k r+ ) as described in the second step to obtain 2 k r figures S r+,..., S r+. In 2 k r each step the area of the hearts will be multiplied by α 2 and the area of the additional arms in the r-th step will not be greater than 2( α) 2 α 2r 2 T. We finally end up with a single figure S k =: S, for which holds where S ( n α 2k + 2( α) 2 α 2i) T i=0 n 2( α) 2 α 2i 2( α) 2 α 2i = i=0 i=0 2( α)2 = 2 α α 2 + α < 2( α) thus S (α 2k + 2( α)) T (.6) By taking α close enough to and then choosing k large we can make the factor α 2k + 2( α) arbitrary small. Now let V be a given open set with T V. 8

11 Figure 4: An open set V which contains S Observe that by fixing the position of one elementary triangle T throughout this construction, no elementary triangle will be moved more than the length of the base of T relative to T. Divide T into subtriangles of base length at most ǫ and apply the described construction on these subtriangles, i.e. we construct about Perron trees ǫ which together form a set S of arbitrary small area, where for every point in S the distance to T will be less than ǫ. If ǫ is chosen small enough then S V Theorem.3. For n 2, there is a set F R n with n-dimensional Lebesgue measure zero which contains a unit line segment in every direction. Proof. For n = 2, we construct a set F of measure zero containing a unit line segment in every direction within a sector of 60 degrees. By rotating copies of F and taking their union we obtain the desired set. Let S 0 be an equilateral triangle with unit height. Let V 0 be an open set containing S 0 such that its closure V 0 is not too large, say V 0 2 S 0. Apply the construction described in theorem.2 on S 0 to obtain a figure S V 0 with S 2 2. Since S is a finite union of triangles there is an open set V which satisfies S V V 0 and V 2 S. Analogously we reapply theorem.2 on S i to obtain a figure S i which satisfies (i) (ii) there is an open set V i such that S i 2 i S i V i V i and V i 2 S i. 9

12 Let F := We show that this closed set has the required properties. Obviously F = 0. On the other hand we know that each S i and thus each V i contains a unit line segment in every direction θ which makes an angle of at least 60 degrees with the base line. Let M i be a unit line segment with such a direction θ and M i V i. For a fixed j note that M i V j for i j and that V j is compact. Hence the sequence {M i } has a subsequence which converges to a unit line segment M with direction θ. Since for each j we have M i V j if i j, we also have M V j for each j. Thus M i=0 V i V i = F i=0 For n > 2 take a 2-dimensional Besicovitch set F 2. Then the set F := F 2 R n 2 obviously has n-dimensional Lebesgue measure zero and contains a unit line segment in every direction. Another way to construct Besicovitch sets is the dual approach [20]. The basic idea is to parametrize lines by points of so called irregular -sets, for example the Cantor dust (see figure 5). The iteration of the Cantor dust E starts with a square of side length 2 centered in the origin. In each step every square A k will be replaced by four smaller squares with side length d, where 4 d is the side length of the A k. Relative to the lower left corner of A k the position of the lower left corners of the small squares is (0, d), 2 (d, 0), 4 (d, 3d) 2 4 and ( 3d, d) respectively. 4 4 Observe that both the projection to the x-axis and the projection to the y-axis contain the whole interval [, ] in each step of iteration. Hence we can parametrize a set of lines L(E) := {y = ax + b, (a, b) E} with all slopes within [, ]. Again, by taking another rotated copie of L(E) we get a set with an (infinite) line in every direction, a Kakeya set. It turns out that L(E) indeed has measure zero. One has to show that every projection of E to an axis which is neither parallel to the x-axis nor to the y-axis has measure zero. Sets with this property are called irregular -sets. Then one applies the following statement according to [20], [2]: If E is an irregular -set then L(E) has measure zero. Thus, there is a strengthened version of theorem.3. 0

13 Figure 5: The first three iterations of the Cantor dust Theorem.4. For n > 2 there is a set F R n of n-dimensional Lebesgue measure zero which contains a line in every direction..2 The Kakeya Needle Problem Around the same time as Besicovitch, in 97, the Japanese mathematician Soichi Kakeya asked a similar question as Besicovitch: What is the smallest area of a planar region within which a unit line segment (a needle ) can be rotated continuously through 80 degrees, returning to its original position but with reversed orientation? Kakeya [24] and Fujiwara-Kakeya [23] conjectured that the smallest convex set which satisfies this property was an equilateral triangle of unit height, which was proved only a few years later by Julius Pàl [36]. For the case without the convexity assumption they apparently thought that it was a three-pointed deltoid, which has area π 0.39, whereas the area of the 8 triangle is However, the problem remained unsolved. Due to 3

14 Figure 6: A three pointed deltoid, within which a needle can be rotated isolation of Russia from the Western world Besicovitch did not notice about the Kakeya needle problem until he left Russia. After the problem finally arrived to him, he realized that a modification of his original construction together with a trick from Pàl will provide the unexpected answer: For any ǫ > 0, there is a planar region of area less than ǫ within which a needle can be rotated through 80 degrees. This solution was published in 928 in Mathematische Zeitschrift [3] where also Besicovitch s construction from 99 finally drew the attention. The trick of Pàl, also known as Pàl joins, yields the following lemma: Lemma.5. Given two parallel lines L, L 2. Then any unit line segment can be moved continuously from L to L 2 on a set of arbitrary small measure. Proof. Given ǫ > 0 and a unit line segment M L centered at x M. Rotate M around x M such that a positive area less than ǫ is taken, which allows an 2 angle about ǫ. Then translate M along its new direction until x M L 2 and rotate it back, so the total area of the set is less than ǫ (see figure 7). Together with theorem.2, the solution of the Kakeya needle problem is immediate. Theorem.6. Given ǫ > 0 and a unit line segment M 0 with end points a t=0 and b t=0. There is a set E with E < ǫ and a continuous moving {M t } t [0,] such that M t E for all t [0, ] and a 0 = b, b 0 = a. 2

15 Figure 7: Translation of a needle from L to L 2 Proof. Let T be an equilateral triangle with unit height. We use theorem.2 to construct from T a figure S k with S k < ǫ, which is a union of m = 2k 6 elementary triangles. S k still contains a unit line segment in all directions within a sector of 60 degrees. Again, taking three appropriately rotated copies of S k we obtain a Kakeya set E 0 with E 0 < ǫ. 2 E 0 is a union of 3m elementary triangles T i, i 3m. For each i one side of T i is parallel to the opposite side of T i+. By lemma.5 we can add a set N i with N i ǫ to E 6m 0 such that a unit line segment can be moved from T i to T i+. We eventually obtain the set E := 3m i= N i E 0, which has the desired properties. Let a Kakeya needle set be a set as described above, i.e. a set within which a unit line segment can be rotated continuously through 80 degrees, returning to its original position with reversed orientation. One can ask for specific Kakeya needle sets, for example convex, star-shaped, simply connected or bounded sets. We already mentioned the rather strong restriction to convex sets, where the lower bound is 3 [36]. Note that due to the Pàl joins, the 3 Kakeya needle set constructed above is highly multiply connected and may have large diameter. Van Alphen (94)[] showed that there are arbitrary small Kakeya needle sets inside a circle with radius 2 + ǫ (arbitrary ǫ > 0). Simply connected Kakeya needle sets with smaller area than the deltoid were found in 965. Melvin Bloom and I.J. Schoenberg [5] independently presented Kakeya needle sets with areas approaching to (5 2 2)π/24 0.9π, 3

16 the Bloom-Schoenberg number. While Schoenberg conjectured that this number is the lower bound for the area of simply connected Kakeya needle sets, again, an unexpected answer due to Cunningham (97)[3] settled the problem: Given ǫ > 0, there is a simply connected Kakeya needle set of area less than ǫ contained in a circle of radius. Note that the radius of the circle cannot become smaller, also if the assumption of simply connectedness is dropped: Let r < and consider the discs B(0, r) and B(0, r). For x B(0, r), the set B(0, r) \ {x} obviously is not a Kakeya needle set (note that it is necessary for the needle to return to its starting point with reversed direction). Hence the whole disc B(0, r) must be contained in a Kakeya needle set within B(0, r), which means the set must have area at least ( r) 2 π. In Cunningham s construction there is a small fixed convex set in the center of the circle (the nucleus ) and from this center a large number of thin triangles and joins radiates. To these triangles a construction resembling to the construction of Perron trees will be applied. The number of elementary triangles and joins required to obtain area less than, for example, the Bloom- Schoenberg number, is approximately A class between simply connected sets and convex sets are the star-shaped sets. A set K is called star-shaped with respect to z, if for any point x K the line joining z and x is contained in K. Cunningham [3] showed that π every star-shaped Kakeya needle set has area at least. The smallest 08 star-shaped sets known are those from Bloom-Schoenberg. Whether there are star-shaped Kakeya needle sets with area between π and the Bloom- 08 Schoenberg number is still not known..3 Analogues and Generalizations of the Kakeya problem There are several problems which are closely related to the original Kakeya problem. The first three problems mentioned are the Three Kakeya problems discussed by Cunningham (974)[4].. The spherical Kakeya problem. Instead of a plane, the rotation takes place on the surface of a unit sphere and an arc of great circle plays the role of the needle. Knowing the answer to the Kakeya needle problem one expects that the value 4

17 of the greatest lower bound k a is zero for small arc lengths a. This has been shown by Wilker [47] for a < π. On the other hand, if a = 2π 2 it follows from topological arguments that the area always has to be the whole sphere, i.e. k 2π = 4π. Any proper subset of a sphere is topologically equivalent to a subset of the plane, hence the problem is topologically equivalent to a one-to-one reversal of a circle in the plane, which is impossible. Following this argument will also give an answer to the case a = π. Consider a great semicircle and its antipodal image, which form together one whole great circle. As one semicircle gets reversed in a set K the antipodal semicircle gets reversed in a set K, hence a whole great circle gets reversed in K K, which means that K K is the unit sphere. Since K and K are congruent and, in particular, have equal area, consequently K = K 2π. Obviously, this minimum can be attained by a simple rotation, thus k π = 2π. Cunningham again gives the meanwhile maybe less unexpected answer to the spherical Kakeya problem. With k a as defined above for 0 < a 2π, we have 0 for a < π k a = 2π for π a < 2π 4π for a = 2π. The lower bound is achieved when a = π or 2π, not otherwise. 2. Shrinking a circular arc. It is known that there are thin sets of circles sets of measure zero which contain circles of every radius [6],[29], [7]. Besicovitch called the Kakeya needle problem the twin to his problem about sets which contain a unit line in every direction. Analogously a twin to the thin set of circles would be the following: Given an arc A of a < 2π radians, and shrink A continuously to a single point while the radius is variable but the radian measure has to be constant. What is the greates lower bound of area within which that can be done? Note, again for topological reasons that for a = 2π the area cannot be less than the area of the disc encircled by the (degenerated) arc. Cunningham applies his solution to the spherical Kakeya problem, so again the situation changes dramatically when a < 2π: Given a < 2π and ǫ > 0, there is a plane set K of area less than ǫ 5

18 Figure 8: The body (dashed line) of the bird has to sweep over a given set within which a circular arc of a radians and unit radius can move continuously, with variable radius but fixed radian measure, so as to shrink to a point. However, Wolff [48] [49] proved that sets containing a sphere of every radius must have full dimension by proving bounds on a circular maximal function analogous to the Kakeya maximal function in section 2.4. This statement holds in any dimension. It was also conjectured that there existed sets containing a sphere around every point of measure zero. Stein [42] proved that such sets must have positive measure when n 3. Marstrand [33] and Bourgain [7] independently proved that this is also true for n = Alternative moving figure. Instead of a straight line segment consider a broken line segment consisting of three segments (see figure 8). We call such a figure a bird, where the central segment represents the body and the end segments the wings. Now, for a given set move the bird continuously such that the body touches every point of that set but the wings should sweep only over a set of small measure. Again, for any given length for the (small) body and the (large) wings, this can be done such that the wings stay in a set of arbitrary small measure. If the claim for a continuous moving is dropped, the body may be just one point while the wings are infinitely long. Then the positions of this point may cover the whole plane and the wings stay in a set of measure zero. 4. Nikodym sets. A Nikodym set in the unit square K := [0, ] 2 in the plane is a subset 6

19 N K with area such that for every point x N there is a straight line L through x such that L N = {x}. The existence of such sets was first proved in 927 by O. M. Nikodym [35]. While for Kakeya sets the issue is to find estimates on the Kakeya maximal function in order to obtain Hausdorff bounds, the issue for Nikodym sets is to find estimates of the closely related Nikodym maximal function. One often considers estimates for both of them at the same time, e.g. [8],[50]. The connection between Hausdorff dimension and Kakeya maximal functions will be discussed in section (n, k)-sets. A (n, k)-set is a compact set E R n which contains a translate of every k-dimensional subspace, or alternatively an essential portion of that subspace like a disc. According to that definition Kakeya sets are (n, )-sets and we say that (n, k)-besicovitch sets are (n, k)-sets of measure zero. One conjectures that there are no (n, k)-besicovitch sets for k >. Marstrand (979)[34] proved that there are no (3, 2)-Besicovitch sets and Falconer (980)[9] proved that there were no (n, k)-besicovitch sets for k > n. The best bound to date is due to Bourgain [8][0], 2 who proved that no (n, k)-besicovitch sets exist when 2 k + k n. In particular, there are no (4, 2)-Besicovitch sets. Whether there are (n, k)-besicovitch sets for n 5 is still open. 7

20 2 Concepts in the Research of Kakeya sets 2. Fractal Dimension We have seen that (surprisingly) there are Kakeya sets of Lebesgue measure zero. However, it turns out that many problems in analysis require a more detailed information about the size of Kakeya sets, namely in terms of fractal dimension (or just dimension). There are several concepts of fractal dimensions; in the research of Kakeya sets the Minkowski dimension and the Hausdorff dimension are of substantial interest. For sets like lines, squares or cubes both the Minkowski and the Hausdorff dimension coincide with the usual concept of dimension. However, the fractal dimension of a set, as the name suggests, need not be a natural number. Minkowski dimension The Minkowski dimension, or box dimension is defined for compact sets E R n. Define the δ-neighborhood of E E δ := {x R n : dist(x, E) < δ} (2.) and consider the n-dimensional volume of E δ as δ 0. The upper Minkowski dimension α u and lower Minkowski dimension α l are given by α u = dim M (E) := inf{α [0, n] : E δ C α δ n α } (2.2) α l = dim M (E) = sup{α [0, n] : E δ c α δ n α } (2.3) where the constants C α and c α are uniform for δ. If α u = α l = β we will say that E has Minkowski dimension β. Considering Kakeya sets, the goal is to find lower bounds for the Minkowski dimension of Kakeya sets, which gives us one formulation of the Kakeya conjecture Conjecture. Kakeya sets in R n must have Minkowski dimension n. 8

21 Hausdorff dimension The definition of the Hausdorff dimension goes via Hausdorff measures. Fix α > 0 and let E R n. For ǫ > 0 define ( Hα(E) ǫ = inf K ǫ i= r α i ) (2.4) where K ǫ is the set of countable coverings of E by discs D(x i, r i ) with radius r i < ǫ, i.e. K ǫ := {K E K = D(x i, r i ), r i < ǫ} countable Obviously K ǫ K ǫ2 for ǫ < ǫ 2 and therefore H ǫ 2 α Hǫ α. (2.5) The Hausdorff measure of E with parameter α is given by which may also be infinity. Proposition 2... H α (E) := lim ǫ 0 H ǫ α(e) (2.6) H ǫ α(e) H ǫ β(e) (2.7) for α > β and ǫ <, i.e. H α (E) is a nonincreasing function of α. 2. If H α(e) = 0, then H α (E) = 0 3. If α > n, then H α (E) = 0 for all E R n Proof.. Follows directly from the definition since r α i r β i for r i <. 2. H α(e) < δ implies that there is a covering which consists of discs of radius < δ α, hence also H δ α α and H α (E) = lim δ 0 H δ (E) < δ for all δ > 0. Thus Hδ α α (E) lim δ 0 δ α = 0. (E) < δ α 3. If α > n we can cover R n by discs D(x i, r i ) with i rα i arbitrary small: Given ǫ > 0. Each unit disc in R n can be covered by C2 kn discs of radius r i = 2 k for any k > 0 and some constant C. Thus for a unit disc there is some k such that i rα i = C2 kn αk < ǫ. Now the assertion follows since there is a countable covering of R n by unit discs. 9

22 Lemma 2.2. (Hausdorff dimension) Let α 0 := inf{α : H α (E) = 0} α := sup{α : H α (E) = }. Then α 0 = α. This number is called the Hausdorff dimension of E. Proof. By (2.7) we have H α (E) = if α < α. Now let α > α and β (α, α). Define M := + H β (E) <. Then there is a covering of E by discs with radius r i < ǫ and Hβ ǫ(e) i rβ i M for ǫ > 0 according to (2.5). Hence Hα ǫ (E) ri α ǫ α β r β i ǫ α β M i i which goes to 0 as ǫ 0. Thus H α (E) = 0. Analogously to conjecture we can state the Kakeya conjecture for the Hausdorff dimension, which is the most common formulation: Conjecture 2. Kakeya sets in R n must have Hausdorff dimension n. For n = 2 this was first proved by Davies (97) [6]. The Minkowski dimension can also be defined via Hausdorff measures restricted to coverings by discs of the same size. Therefore the Minkowski dimension of a set cannot be smaller than its Hausdorff dimension, i.e. dim H (E) dim M (E) dim M (E) (2.8) Usually Hausdorff dimension and Minkowski dimension are equal but it is also possible that the Minkowski dimension is strictly greater than the Hausdorff dimension as we will see in example 2. This means that Conjecture is slightly weaker than Conjecture 2. Examples.. Cantor set. The usual -Cantor set S can be covered by 3 2k intervals of length 3 k, thus the Hausdorff measure is ( 2 ) n. H α (S) = lim Hα 3 k (S) = lim k k 3 α Hence H α (S) = 0 for α < log 2 and H log 3 α(s) = for α > log 2, i.e. log 3 the Hausdorff dimension (and also the Minkowski dimension) of the 3 -Cantor set is log 2 log 3. 20

23 2. Consider the set K := k= { } {0}. Since K is countable it obviously k has Hausdorff dimension 0. However, K has Minkowski dimension : 2 Let m K := { k } and K := k= { k } {0} k=m where 2δ 2 m < 2δ 2 +. The δ-neighborhood K δ of K consists of disjoint discs since 2δ = <. Thus n n+ n(n+) n 2 K δ K δ = cδn 2 i.e. K has lower Minkowski dimension. On the other hand the δ- 2 neighborhood of K is not greater than the δ-neighborhood of a line of length m. Hence K δ K δ + K δ cδn 2 + (m + 2δ)δ n Cδ n 2 i.e. K also has upper Minkowski dimension δ-separated subsets. Let E R n. A set S E is called a δ-separated subset, if any two distinct points x, y S satisfy x y δ. We show that the maximal cardinality of a δ-separated ( δ-entropy ) subset of E is comparable to the minimum number of δ-discs required to cover E. Define D δ (E) := min { k : x, x 2,...x k, s.t. E k D(x j, δ) } (2.9) j= and the δ-entropy on E E δ (E) := max { #S x, y S : x y > δ x = y } (2.0) 2

24 Then on the one hand D δ (E) C n E δ (E) (2.) holds. To show (2.), assume S satisfies #S = E δ (E). Let each x S be the center of a δ-disc D(x, δ). If x S D(x, δ) does not cover E, then we have points y E which satisfy x y δ for all x S. Due to the assumption the ineqality cannot be strict, i.e. x y = δ and the only possibility for any y is to be located at the boundary of a disc. However, it takes only a fixed number of δ-discs to cover the boundary of another δ-disc. On the other hand we have D δ (E) c n E δ (E) (2.2) since the maximal number of δ-separated points one δ-disc can cover is bounded. Now, observe that D δ (E) C α δ α and E δ C α δn α are equivalent. These inequalities are according to (2.) and (2.2) equivalent to log E δ (E) C α α log. Thus the upper Minkowski dimension of E δ can also be defined as α l = lim inf δ 0 log E δ (E) log δ and analogously the lower Minkowski dimension (2.3) α u = lim sup δ 0 log E δ (E) log δ (2.4) 2.2 Fourier Transform Let f L (R n ). Then define the Fourier transform as ˆf(λ) := e i λ,x f(x)dx (2π) n/2 For details and proofs of the following statements, see for example textbooks like [32] or [39]. 22

25 Proposition 2.3. Let f, g L (R n ), α R, ǫ > 0. Then the following properties hold. Convolution: Translation: Scaling: Inversion: (f g) = (2π) n/2 ˆfĝ (2.5) f(x α) = e iλα ˆf(λ) (2.6) f(ǫ x) = ǫ n ˆf(ǫλ) (2.7) ˇˆf = f. (2.8) where the inverse Fourier transform is defined as ˇf(λ) := e i λ,x f(x)dx. (2π) n/2 Theorem 2.4. (Plancherel). Let f, g L (R n ) L 2 (R n ), then ˆf, ĝ = f, g, (2.9) in particular ˆf 2 = f 2. (2.20) Another useful property is the invariance of the Gaussian e x2 /2 under Fourier transformation: ˆf(λ) = e iλx e x2 /2 dx (2π) n/2 = e (2π) n/2 2 (x+iλ)2 λ2 2 dx (2.2) /2 = e z2 /2 dz (2π) n/2eλ2 = e λ2 /2. 23

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