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New chaotic planar attractors from smooth zero entropy interval maps
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2015, Article number: 232 (2015)
Abstract
We show that for every positive integer k there exists an interval map \(f:I\to I\) such that (1) f is LiYorke chaotic, (2) the inverse limit space \(I_{f}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum, (3) f is \(C^{k}\)smooth, and (4) f is not \(C^{k+1}\)smooth. We also show that there exists a \(C^{\infty}\)smooth f that satisfies (1) and (2). This answers a recent question of Oprocha and the first author from (Proc. Am. Math. Soc. 143(8):36593670, 2015), where the result was proved for \(k=0\). Our study builds on the work of Misiurewicz and Smítal of a family of zero entropy weakly unimodal maps. With the help of a result of Bennett, as well as Blokh’s spectral decomposition theorem, we are also able to show that each \(I_{f}\) contains, for every integer i, a subcontinuum \(C_{i}\) with the following two properties: (i) \(C_{i}\) is \(2^{i}\)periodic under the shift homeomorphism, and (ii) \(C_{i}\) is a compactification of a topological ray. Finally, we prove that the chaotic attractors we construct are topologically distinct from the one presented by P Oprocha and the first author.
Introduction
The celebrated CartwrightLittlewoodBell fixed point theorem [1, 2] asserts that any homeomorphism of \(\mathbb{R}^{2}\) must fix a point in an invariant plane nonseparating compact and connected set (continuum). The original work of Cartwright and Littlewood, motivated by problems in differential equations, in which they were led to consider invariant sets whose frontiers were indecomposable, brought more focus in the mathematical literature to the interplay of topology and dynamics in continua, of which the study of planar attractors generated by inverse limits of arcs became an important theme. The well known connection established by Barge and Martin in the 1980s states that chaotic (in the sense of positive entropy) interval maps generate planar dynamical systems with attractors that must contain an indecomposable subcontinuum (see e.g. [3, 4]). The connection is in fact a characterization for all piecewise monotone graph maps [5], but there had also been an aspect of it left over: must weak chaos (i.e. chaos in the sense of Li and Yorke) imply indecomposability in the inverse limit space? Recently, however, Oprocha and the first author showed in [6] that there exists a LiYorke chaotic interval map F such that the inverse limit space \(I_{F}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{F,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum. Since the map F constructed in [6] was not continuously differentiable, the following question was posed.
Problem 1
[6]
Is there a \(k>0\) and a LiYorke chaotic interval map φ such that φ is \(C^{k}\)smooth and the inverse limit space \(I_{\varphi}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{\varphi,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum? Must \(I_{\varphi}\) have a periodic structure similar to the continua described in [6]?
In the present paper, by employing an entirely different approach, we answer the question in the affirmative. First we prove the following result.
Theorem 1
For every positive integer k there exists an interval map \(f:I\to I\) such that

(1)
f is LiYorke chaotic,

(2)
\(I_{f}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum,

(3)
f is \(C^{k}\)smooth,

(4)
f is not \(C^{k+1}\)smooth.
Theorem 2
There exists a \(C^{\infty}\)smooth interval map \(f:I\to I\) such that

(1)
f is LiYorke chaotic,

(2)
\(I_{f}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum.
It is noteworthy to mention that the LiYorke chaotic map F without an indecomposable subcontinuum in \(\lim_{\leftarrow}\{F,I\}\) constructed in [6] was not piecewise monotone, having countably many intervals of monotonicity. It was shown therein that, by an arbitrarily small perturbation, the map could be modified without increasing entropy to a map \(F_{\epsilon}\), as to generate various indecomposable subcontinua in \(\lim_{\leftarrow}\{F_{\epsilon},I\}\), including Knaster’s pseudoarc. An appropriate perturbation \(F_{S}\) could also result in the attractor \(\lim_{\leftarrow}\{F_{S},I\}\) being nonSuslinean. Our approach is different, as it is based on a careful selection of weakly unimodal maps. Although, in general, such maps may have positive entropy, and therefore may generate indecomposable subcontinua of their inverse limit spaces, there is a class of zero entropy and LiYorke chaotic weakly unimodal maps. The class was studied by Misiurewicz and Smítal [7] who, among other results, showed that the class contains a nonempty subclass of \(C^{\infty}\)smooth maps (see Section 2). In Section 3, we shall observe that the class also contains maps with other degrees of differentiability. In addition, since weakly unimodal maps are piecewise monotone, we shall be able to use the result of Barge and Diamond [5] that relates entropy of piecewise monotone graph maps to topological structure of the related inverse limit spaces (see next section for more details). In Section 4 we further study the topological structure of our attractors. We show that they have a similar periodic structure to the attractors in [6].
Theorem 3
Suppose \(f:I\to I\) is a LiYorke chaotic zero entropy weakly unimodal map. Then \(I_{f}\) contains, for every i, a subcontinuum \(C_{i}\) with the following two properties:

(i)
\(C_{i}\) is \(2^{i}\)periodic under the shift homeomorphism, and

(ii)
\(C_{i}\) is a compactification of a topological ray.
The proof of the above theorem, as in [6], will rely on a careful application of Bennett’s theorem (see [8]) but also Blokh’s spectral decomposition theorem [9]. However, we also show that the chaotic attractors we construct are topologically distinct from those in [6] (a potential realization of one of our attractors is depicted in Figure 1). We conclude our paper stating some questions related to the study of LiYorke chaotic zero entropy interval maps.
Preliminaries
By I we shall denote the unit interval \([0,1]\). A map is a continuous function. A continuum X is a compact and connected metric space that contains at least two points. A subcontinuum of a continuum X is a continuum contained in X as a subset. A class of maps \(f:X\to X\) is denoted by \(C(X)\). A continuum is decomposable if it cannot be written as the union of two proper subcontinua. It is hereditarily decomposable if every subcontinuum is decomposable. An indecomposable continuum is a continuum that is not decomposable, and it is hereditarily indecomposable if every subcontinuum is indecomposable. A continuum is said to be Suslinean provided every family of pairwise disjoint subcontinua is at most countable. Although all indecomposable continua are not Suslinean, a decomposable continuum may or may not be Suslinean. A space X is arcwise connected if for every two points x and y in X there is an arc \(A\subseteq X\) such that \(x,y\in A\). A (topological) ray is a homeomorphic image of the halfline \([0,+\infty)\) and a (topological) line is a homeomorphic image of \((\infty,+\infty)\). Suppose a map \(f:I\to I\) is given. The inverse limit space \(I_{f}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) is the space given by
The topology of \(I_{f}\) is induced from the product topology of \(I^{\mathbb{N}}\), with the basic open sets in \(I_{f}\) given by
where U is an open subset of the ith factor space I, and i ranges over \(\mathbb{N}\) (see e.g. Theorem 3 on p.79 in [10]). It is well known that \(I_{f}\) is a continuum, and it is called an arclike (or chainable) continuum. The pseudoarc is the unique hereditarily indecomposable arclike continuum (see [11] for more details on the pseudoarc). There is a natural homeomorphism \(\sigma_{f}:I_{f}\to I_{f}\), called the shift homeomorphism, given by
The shift homeomorphism \(\sigma_{f}\) preserves topological entropy of f, as well as many other dynamical properties such as existence of periodic orbits of given period, shadowing property, and topological mixing [12]. Barge and Martin proved [4] that any \(I_{f}\) embeds in \(\mathbb{R}^{2}\) in such a way that there exists a planar homeomorphism h with the following properties:

\(h(I_{f})=I_{f}\),

\(h_{I_{f}}=\sigma_{f}\) (up to conjugacy), and

there is an open set N containing \(I_{f}\) such that \(\bigcap_{n=1}^{\infty}h^{n}(N)=I_{f}\).
For this reason we shall refer to any \(I_{f}\) as an arclike attractor. Let ρ denote the metric on X. A map \(\varphi \colon X\to X\) is LiYorke chaotic if there is an uncountable set \(S\subset X\) such that
and
for any distinct points \(x,y\in S\). An interval map f is called unimodal if there exists a turning point \(c\in I\), \(0< c<1\), such that \(f_{[0,c]}\) is strictly increasing and \(f_{[c,1]}\) is strictly decreasing. A map f is weakly unimodal if there exists a \(c\in I\), \(0< c<1\), such that \(f_{[0,c]}\) is nondecreasing and \(f_{[c,1]}\) is nonincreasing. We say that an interval map (or graph map) \(f:G\to f(G)\) is monotone if \(f^{1}(x)\) is connected for every \(x\in f(G)\). We say that f is piecewise monotone on G if there is a finite set of points \(A=\{a_{1},\ldots,a_{n}\}\subseteq G\) such that f is monotone on each component of \(G\setminus A\). Note that every weakly unimodal map is piecewise monotone.
Let us introduce Bowen’s definition of the topological entropy (see [13]). Let \(K\subset X\) be a compact subset, and fix \(\varepsilon>0\) and \(n\in\mathbb{N}\). We say that a set \(E\subset K\) is \((n,\varepsilon,K,f)\)separated (by the map f) if for any \(x,y\in E\), \(x\neq y\), there is \(k\in \{ 0,1,\ldots,n1 \} \) such that \(\rho(f^{k}(x),f^{k}(y))>\varepsilon\). Denote by \(s_{n}(\varepsilon,K,f)\) the cardinality of any maximally \((n,\varepsilon ,K,f)\)separated set in K and define
Then the topological entropy of f is
Finally, we say that two discrete dynamical systems \((X,f)\) and \((Y,g)\) are conjugate if there exists a continuous bijection \(h:X\to Y\) (called a conjugacy) for which \(h\circ f = g\circ h\). If h is only a continuous surjection then we have a semiconjugacy. It is well known that the topological entropy is invariant with respect to a conjugacy.
The following result of Barge and Diamond will be important to our results. Note that interval maps are special cases of graph maps.
Lemma 4
(Barge and Diamond [5])
Suppose \(f:G\to G\) is a piecewise monotone graph map. f has zero topological entropy if and only if \(\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,G\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum.
Let us consider a system \(\mathcal{F}\subseteq C (I)\) of weakly unimodal interval maps satisfying the following conditions:

(1)
the set
$$J_{f}:= \bigl\{ x\in I \mid f(y) \leq f(x) \text{ for every }y\in I \bigr\} $$consists of more than one point,

(2)
for each \(n\in\mathbb{N}\), f has a periodic point of period \(2^{n}\),

(3)
f has no periodic points of other periods.
The family \(\mathcal{F}\) is nonempty and any map that satisfies the properties (2) and (3) is said to be of type \(2^{\infty}\). In [7] the following two results are proved (see also [14] for an alternative proof of the first result, and the comments on p.674 in [15] concerning [7]).
Lemma 5
[7]
Any map \(f\in\mathcal{F}\) has zero topological entropy and is chaotic in the sense of Li and Yorke.
Lemma 6
[7]
Let \(\mathcal{F}_{0}\subseteq\mathcal{F}\) be a family of \(C^{\infty}\) interval maps f satisfying \(f(0) = f(1) = 0\). Then \(\mathcal {F}_{0}\neq\emptyset\).
Main results
With the help of the following result we are able to ensure the existence of the desired LiYorke chaotic map in each differentiability class that we claim in our main theorems. Our proof of (iv) of the next result closely follows that of Theorem 3 in [7].
Lemma 7
For every positive integer k there exists a weakly unimodal map \(f:[0,1]\to[0,1]\) such that

(i)
\(f(0)=f(1)=0\),

(ii)
f is \(C^{k}\)smooth,

(iii)
f is not \(C^{k+1}\)smooth.
Moreover, for any \(c\in(0,1]\), the map \(c\cdot f\) satisfies (i)(iii) and

(iv)
there exists \(\bar{c}\in(0,1]\) such that \(\bar{c}\cdot f\in \mathcal{F}\).
Proof
Let \(e_{1},e_{2}\in I\) be such that \(0< e_{1}< e_{2}<1\) and let \(f:[0,e_{1}]\to[0,1]\) be given by
It is not difficult to see that f is strictly monotone, \(f(0)=0\), \(f(e_{1})=1\), and \(f^{(i)}(e_{1})=0\) if and only if \(i=1,\ldots,k1\). Setting \(f(x)=1\) for every \(x\in[e_{1},e_{2}]\) and defining f on \([e_{2},1]\) by symmetry, analogously to \([0,e_{1}]\). Note that f is not \(C^{k+1}\)smooth as \(f^{(k+1)}(e_{1})\) (and also \(f^{(k+1)}(e_{2})\)) does not exist. Therefore, we get the properties (i)(iii).
Let us prove (iv). It is easy to see that, for any \(c\in(0,1]\), \(\varphi_{c} := c\cdot f\) is a weakly unimodal map and that \(J_{\varphi _{c}}\) is a nondegenerate interval (by the choice of \(e_{1}\) and \(e_{2}\)). It remains to show that \(\varphi_{\bar{c}}\) is of type \(2^{\infty}\) for some \(\bar{c}\).
It is well known that \(h(\varphi_{1} )>0\) and the smaller c is, the smaller \(h(\varphi_{c})\) we can get. For a sufficiently small c, periodic points of \(\varphi_{c}\) are just fixed points and, hence, \(h(\varphi_{c})=0\). Consequently, \(M := \{c\in(0,1] \mid h(\varphi _{c})>0\}\) is nonempty and \(\bar{c} = \inf M >0\).
It is well known (see e.g. [16]) that \(\varphi _{c}\in M\) implies that \(\varphi_{c}\in N\) where \(N:= \{f\in I\to I \mid f \text{ satisfies (2) of the definition of }\mathcal{F}\}\). By Proposition 2.1 in [17], the set N is closed, since its elements are \(C^{1}\). Therefore, \(\varphi_{\bar{c}} \in N\). We also claim that \(\varphi_{\bar{c}}\) satisfies (3) of the definition of \(\mathcal{F}\). Otherwise, \(\varphi_{\bar{c}}\) would have a periodic point of period other than \(2^{n}\), and hence (again [16]) \(h(\varphi_{\bar{c}})>0\). But this would contradict the choice of \(\bar{c}\), because the set M is open (see e.g. [18]). This completes the proof. □
Note that the above approach depends on the differentiability of the maps in question and it does not work for tent maps; i.e. maps of the form
as they are not \(C^{1}\). Indeed, there is no tent map of type \(2^{\infty}\), because such a map would have to have zero entropy, and this is only possible for \(c\in[0,1]\) (see e.g. [19]), but for no such c the map \(f_{c}\) has even a 2periodic point.^{Footnote 1} On the other hand, by Lemma 5 there is an M such that the truncated full tent map \(g(x)=\min\{M,f_{2}(x)\}\) is a weakly unimodal LiYorke chaotic \(C^{0}\), but not \(C^{1}\), map of type \(2^{\infty}\). Now we are ready to prove our main results.
Theorem 1
For every positive integer k there exists an interval map \(f:I\to I\) such that

(1)
f is LiYorke chaotic,

(2)
\(I_{f}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum,

(3)
f is \(C^{k}\)smooth,

(4)
f is not \(C^{k+1}\)smooth.
Proof of Theorem 1
Let \(k\in\mathbb{N}\) be fixed and let f be a map guaranteed by Lemma 7. Since \(f\in\mathcal{F}\) we see that f is also LiYorke chaotic and has zero entropy. Since f is piecewise monotone and has zero entropy, by Lemma 4, we also see that \(\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum. □
Theorem 2
There exists a \(C^{\infty}\)smooth interval map \(f:I\to I\) such that

(1)
f is LiYorke chaotic,

(2)
\(I_{f}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum.
Proof of Theorem 2
By Lemmas 5 and 6 there is a \(C^{\infty}\)smooth, LiYorke chaotic map f with zero entropy. Again, by Lemma 4, the inverse limit space \(\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) does not contain an indecomposable subcontinuum. □
At the end of this section we note that all the attractors obtained by Theorem 1 and Theorem 2 are Suslinean by main Theorem 1 in [20]. As a consequence each of them can be embedded into the plane in such a way that all its points are accessible from the complement, by the results in [21].
More on the topological structure of the attractors
Although the attractors constructed in the present paper have a similar periodic structure to the two attractors constructed in [6] (see Theorem 12), they are topologically distinct from the latter. We shall show that the attractors described in the present paper in Theorem 1 and Theorem 2 are compactifications of a ray, whereas the attractors in [6] are not. As in [6], we shall use the following result of Bennett.
Theorem 8
(Bennett) (the proof can be found in [8])
Suppose that \(g:[a,b] \to[a,b]\) is continuous and \(d \in(a,b)\) is such that

(1)
\(g([d,b])\subset[d,b]\),

(2)
\(g_{[a,d]}\) is monotone, and

(3)
there is \(n\in\mathbb{N}\) such that \(g^{n} ([a,d]) = [a,b]\).
Then continuum \(K = \lim_{\leftarrow}\{g,[a,b]\}\) is the union of a topological ray R and a continuum \(C = \lim_{\leftarrow} \{g,[d,b]\} \) such that \(\overline{R} \setminus R = C\).
Lemma 9
For every \(f\in\mathcal{F}\) with \(f(0)=0\) there are \(a,b\in I\) and \(d\in(a,b)\) such that

(1)
\(f([d,b])\subset[d,b]\),

(2)
\(f_{[a,d]}\) is monotone, and

(3)
there is an \(n\in\mathbb{N}\) such that \(f^{n} ([a,d]) = [a,b]\).
Proof
Let \(f\in\mathcal{F}\) be fixed. By (1) of the definition of \(\mathcal {F}\), there exists a nondegenerate interval \([e_{1},e_{2}]\) such that \(f(x)=m=\max_{y\in I} \{f(y)\}\) for each \(x\in[e_{1},e_{2}]\).
Because \(f(e_{2}) = m\) is the maximum of f and \([e_{1},e_{2}]\) contains no periodic point (see [7]), we have \(e_{2} < f(e_{2})<1\). Thus,
since f is nonincreasing on \([e_{2},1]\) and \(f(1) < m\). Otherwise (if \(f(1) = m\)) all periodic points would be fixed points and this would contradict \(f\in\mathcal{F}\).
Moreover,
Otherwise, for \(U=[a,e_{1}]\), \(V= [e_{1}, f(e_{2})]\), we would prove that f has positive topological entropy (see [16]), because
Because \(f_{[0,e_{1}]}\) is nondecreasing, the choice of a implies that there exists a strictly decreasing sequence \(\{a_{i}\}_{i=1}^{\infty}\subseteq[a,e_{1}]\) converging to a such that \(a_{1}=e_{1}\) and \(a_{i} = f(a_{i+1})\) for \(i\in\mathbb{N}\).
Now let \(b:=m\) and \(d := \max\{\{a_{i}\}_{i\in\mathbb{N}} \cap[a,f(b))\} \). It follows from (1) that such a d exists. Moreover,
Then, by the monotonicity of f on \([d,e_{1}]\) and \([e_{1},b]\),
i.e. the first property is checked. The second property follows from the fact that f is nondecreasing on \([0,e_{1}]\) and \([a,d]\subseteq[0,e_{1}]\). The last property follows from the fact that
for any \(i\in\mathbb{N}\), and from the facts that elements of \(\{a_{i}\} _{i\in\mathbb{N}}\) are preimages of \(e_{i}\) and \(e_{i}\) is one of preimages of b. □
By using the notation of the proof above, one can see that either \(a=0\) or \(a>0\) and we have \(f([0,a]) = [0,a]\). Thus, one can change a to be equal to 0 and because \(f^{1}((m,0])=\emptyset\) the following corollary of Theorem 8 can be obtained. So we strengthen Lemma 9.
Corollary 10
For every \(f\in\mathcal{F}\) with \(f(0)=0\), there is a topological ray L such that \(\overline{L}=I_{f}\).
Note that the proof of Lemma 9 holds the following result originally proved in [6], Remark 10.
Corollary 11
There is a LiYorke chaotic zero entropy map \(\varphi:I\to I\) such that \(I_{\varphi}\) contains the pseudoarc.
Proof
Fix an \(f\in\mathcal{F}\) and let a, d, and m be as in the proof of Lemma 9. Let \(f_{H}:[0,a]\to[0,a]\) be the Henderson map [22], rescaled to \([0,a]\). Now set \(\varphi(x)=f_{H}(x)\) for \(x\in[0,a]\) and \(\varphi(x)=f(x)\) for \(x\in[a,1]\). □
Lemma 12
Suppose \(f:I\to I\) is a map of type \(2^{\infty}\). Then the shift homeomorphism \(\sigma_{f}\) has a \(2^{i}\)periodic subcontinuum of \(I_{f}\), for every integer \(i>0\).
Proof
Fix an integer \(i>0\). It follows from Blokh’s spectral decomposition theorem (see e.g. [9]) that f has \(2^{i}\)periodic interval \(J_{i}\) (some details are mentioned in the next paragraph). Let
Then \(X_{i}\) is a \(2^{i}\)periodic subcontinuum of \(I_{f}\) for \(\sigma_{f}\). □
We are also able to specify shapes of those \(2^{i}\)periodic subcontinua. In the next lemma we use the fact (see e.g. [9], p.26 and [7], p.3) that any map \(f\in\mathcal{F}\) possesses the unique infinite ωlimit set \(\bar{\omega}\) such that
where each \(J_{i}\) is a nondegenerate \(2^{i}\)periodic interval (i.e. \(f^{2^{i}} (J_{i}) = J_{i}\)). Intervals \(J_{i}\) are called generating.
Lemma 13
Let \(f\in\mathcal{F}\). Then there exists a system \(\{J_{i}\}_{i\geq0}\) of generating intervals such that, for any \(i\geq0\), \(\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f^{2^{i}}_{J_{i}},J_{i}\}\) is a compactification of a topological ray.
Proof
We shall show that there exists a system \(\{J_{i}\}_{i\geq0}\) of generating intervals such that, for any \(i\geq0\), each \(f^{2^{i}}_{J_{i}}\) satisfies assumptions of Theorem 8. The existence of a system of generating intervals is well known. Within this proof we sketch a construction allowing us to find a particular one that will be useful to us. Let \(L_{0}:= [u_{0},v_{0}]\) denote the nondegenerate interval for which \(f([u_{0},v_{0}]) = m :=\max\{f(x) \mid x\in I\}\) and \(a_{0}\) denote the only fixed point in \([v_{0},1]\). Its existence follows from the ordering of periodic orbits of nonchaotic interval maps [16].
Then for any \(i\in\mathbb{N}\), \(f^{(2^{i})} ([u_{0},v_{0}])\) consists of \(2^{2^{i}}\) nondegenerate intervals. Let \(L_{i} = [u_{i} , v_{i}]\) denote the most right one. Then \([u_{i},1]\subseteq f^{2^{i}} ([u_{i},1])\) implies the existence of a fixed point \(a_{i}\in[u_{i},1]\) of the map \(f^{2^{i}}\). It is easy to see that
for any \(i\in\mathbb{N}\). Because f is weakly unimodal, the map \(f^{2^{i}}\) is weakly unimodal on \([a_{i1},1]\) as well  namely, \(f^{2^{i}} _{[a_{i1}, v_{i}]}\) is nondecreasing, \(f^{2^{i}}([u_{i},v_{i}])=m\) and \(f^{2^{i}} _{[v_{i},1]}\) is nonincreasing. Moreover, we can prove \(f^{2^{i}}([a_{i1},m]) = [a_{i1},m]\). Indeed, because \(a_{i1}\) is a fixed point of \(f^{2^{i1}}\) and \(f^{2^{i}}([u_{i},v_{i}]) = m\) we get \([a_{i1},m] \subseteq f^{2^{i}}([a_{i1},m])\). But if the latter inclusion were strict, the map \(f^{2^{i}}_{[a_{i} , m]}\) would be turbulent (i.e. it would satisfy (2)), which is impossible for zero entropy maps. Thus, \(f^{2^{i}}(J_{i}) = J_{i}\) for \(J_{i}:= [a_{i1},m]\).
We claim that the system \(\{J_{i}\}_{i\in\mathbb{N}}\) is a system of generating intervals. By e.g. [9], p.26 and [7], p.3, \(m\in\bar{\omega}\) where \(\bar{\omega}\) is the unique infinite ωlimit set of f. It is well known (e.g. [9]) that \(\bar{\omega}\) is contained in the closure of periodic points, thus \(\lim_{i\to\infty} a_{i} = m\). Consequently (3) implies \(\bigcap_{i\in\mathbb{N}} J_{i}= \{m\}\).
Because, for any \(i\in\mathbb{N}\), the map \(f^{2^{i}}_{J_{i}}\) is clearly conjugate to a map \(\tilde{f} \in\mathcal{F}\) satisfying \(\tilde{f} (0) = 0\), Lemma 9 and the proof of Theorem 10 finishes this proof (see Figure 2).
□
As a consequence of the above we obtain the following result announced in the first section of our paper.
Theorem 3
Suppose \(f:I\to I\) is a LiYorke chaotic zero entropy weakly unimodal map. Then \(I_{f}\) contains, for every i, a subcontinuum \(C_{i}\) with the following two properties:

(i)
\(C_{i}\) is \(2^{i}\)periodic under the shift homeomorphism, and

(ii)
\(C_{i}\) is a compactification of a topological ray.
Proof
This follows directly from Lemma 12 and Lemma 13. □
Problem 2
Does Lemma 13 hold for any map from \(\mathcal{F}\)?
At the very end of this paper we would like to mention some facts showing that the inverse limit spaces constructed within this work are topologically distinct from those mentioned in [6].
Let \(X_{f}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{f,I\}\) be the (nonchaotic) hereditarily decomposable arclike attractor from Theorem 8 in [6]; i.e. f is the Delahaye map of type \(2^{\infty}\) [23]. By Theorem 5 in [6], the continuum \(X_{f}\) is the union of two continua \(K_{1}\) and \(K_{2}\) such that

(1)
\(K_{1}\) is homeomorphic to \(K_{2}\),

(2)
\(K_{1}\) is the union of a topological ray \(R_{1}\) and \(X^{1}_{0}\) that compactifies \(R_{1}\); i.e. \(\overline{R}_{1}\setminus R_{1}=X^{1}_{0}\),

(3)
\(K_{2}\) is the union of a topological ray \(R_{2}\) and \(X^{1}_{1}\) that compactifies \(R_{2}\); i.e. \(\overline{R}_{2}\setminus R_{2}=X^{1}_{1}\), and

(4)
\(K_{1}\cap K_{2}=R_{1}\cap R_{2}=\{\hat{p}\}\), where \(\hat{p}\) is the fixed point of \(\sigma_{f}\).
Consequently, \(X_{f}\) is not a compactification of a topological ray (but it is a compactification of a topological line). Therefore no \(I_{g}\) given by a weakly unimodal map g in Theorem 1 or Theorem 2 is homeomorphic to \(X_{f}\). Now we shall also show that no such \(I_{g}\) is homeomorphic to the chaotic hereditarily decomposable arclike attractor \(X_{F}\) from Lemma 9 in [6]; i.e. \(X_{F}=\lim_{\leftarrow}\{F,I\}\) and F is the LiYorke chaotic modification of Delahaye’s map f, as described in Section 3 of [6]. Recall that it was shown (Proposition 8 in [6]) that there is a monotone map \(\Pi:X_{F}\to X_{f}\); i.e. \(\Pi^{1}(K)\) is connected for every connected set \(K\subseteq X_{f}\). Suppose \(X_{F}\) is homeomorphic to \(I_{g}\), given by a weakly unimodal map g in Theorem 1 or Theorem 2. Then \(X_{F}=\overline{L}\), where L is a topological ray, by Theorem 10. Since L is dense in \(X_{f}\) it follows that \(\Pi(L)\) is dense and connected in \(X_{f}\). It is readily seen that \(\Pi(L)\) must contain then the topological line \(R=R_{1}\cup R_{2}\). Since \(\Pi(L)\) is arcwise connected (as a continuous image of a ray) we must have \(\Pi(L)=R\). It follows that \(\PiL:L\to R\) is a monotone map of \([0,+\infty)\) onto \((\infty,+\infty)\) leading to a contradiction.
We also note that each our attractor has an absolute end point; i.e. a point at which it is locally connected and which does not separate it (see [24] for more on absolute end points). However, the attractor \(X_{f}\) from [6] does not have such a point.
The above remarks lead to the following questions.
Problem 3
Suppose g is a LiYorke chaotic weakly unimodal map of type \(2^{\infty}\). Is \(I_{g}\) homeomorphic to a ray limiting onto one of the attractors described in [6] or a subcontinuum of one of them?
Problem 4
Suppose f and g are two LiYorke chaotic weakly unimodal maps of type \(2^{\infty}\) that are in two different differentiability classes, as guaranteed by Theorem 1 and Theorem 2. Are \(I_{f}\) and \(I_{g}\) homeomorphic?
One should note that for an arbitrary nondegenerate metric continuum P, there is an uncountable family of topologically distinct metric compactifications of a topological ray L, such that \(\overline {L}\setminus L=P\) [25].
Notes
The authors are grateful to Henk Bruin for bringing this fact to their attention.
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The authors express many thanks to Henk Bruin and Sonja Štimac for the helpful feedback during the first author’s visit in Faculty of Mathematics at University of Vienna in May 2014. This author is grateful for the kind hospitality of the faculty during his stay in Vienna and acknowledges financial support of the DFG network grant Oe 538/31, OeAD and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. This work was supported by the European Regional Development Fund in the IT4Innovations Centre of Excellence project (CZ.1.05/1.1.00/02.0070). J Boroński also gratefully acknowledges the partial support from the MSK DT1 Support of Science and Research in the MoravianSilesian Region 2013 (RRC/05/2013).
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Boroński, J.P., Kupka, J. New chaotic planar attractors from smooth zero entropy interval maps. Adv Differ Equ 2015, 232 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1366201505659
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MSC
 54H20
 37B45
 37E05
Keywords
 weakly unimodal map
 arclike
 LiYorke chaotic
 indecomposable continuum
 zero topological entropy