The purpose of this article is to investigate geometric properties of the parameter locus of the Hénon family where the uniform hyperbolicity of a horseshoe breaks down. As an application, we obtain a variational characterization of equilibrium measures "at temperature zero" for the corresponding non-uniformly hyperbolic Hénon maps. The method of the proof also yields that the boundary of the hyperbolic horseshoe locus in the parameter space consists of two monotone pieces, which confirms a conjecture in [AI]. The proofs of these results are based on the machinery developed in [AI] which employs the complexification of both the dynamical and the parameter spaces of the Hénon family together with computer assistance.
|Publication status||Published - 2018 Mar 25|
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