Iterated monodromy groups Academic Article uri icon


  • We associate a group $IMG(f)$ to every covering $f$ of a topological space $M$ by its open subset. It is the quotient of the fundamental group $pi_1(M)$ by the intersection of the kernels of its monodromy action for the iterates $f^n$. Every iterated monodromy group comes together with a naturally defined action on a rooted tree. We present an effective method to compute this action and show how the dynamics of $f$ is related to the group. In particular, the Julia set of $f$ can be reconstructed from $img(f)$ (from its action on the tree), if $f$ is expanding.

author list (cited authors)

  • Nekrashevych, V.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Nekrashevych, Volodymyr

publication date

  • June 2011