Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science, Vol 9, No 2 (2007)

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Computation of L for several cubic Pisot numbers

Julien Bernat


In this article, we are dealing with β-numeration, which is a generalization of numeration in a non-integer base. We consider the class of simple Parry numbers such that dβ(1) = 0.k1d-1 kd with d ∈ ℕ, d ≥ 2 and k1 ≥ kd ≥ 1. We prove that these elements define Rauzy fractals that are stable under a central symmetry. We use this result to compute, for several cases of cubic Pisot units, the maximal length among the lengths of the finite β-fractional parts of sums of two β-integers, denoted by L. In particular, we prove that L = 5 in the Tribonacci case.

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