Polynomial lemniscate

Polynomial Lemniscate

Polynomial lemniscate

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In mathematics, a polynomial lemniscate or polynomial level curve is a plane algebraic curve of degree 2n, constructed from a polynomial p with complex coefficients of degree n.

For any such polynomial p and positive real number c, we may define a set of complex numbers by <math>|p(z)| = c.</math> This set of numbers may be equated to points in the real Cartesian plane, leading to an algebraic curve ƒ(x,&nbsp;y)&nbsp;=&nbsp;c<sup>2</sup> of degree 2n, which results from expanding out <math>p(z) bar p(bar z)</math> in terms of z&nbsp;=&nbsp;x&nbsp;+&nbsp;iy.

When p is a polynomial of degree 1 then the resulting curve is simply a circle whose center is the zero of p. When p is a polynomial of degree 2 then the curve is a Cassini oval.

Erdős lemniscate

A conjecture of Erdős which has attracted considerable interest concerns the maximum length of a polynomial lemniscate &fnof;(x,&nbsp;y)&nbsp;=&nbsp;1 of degree 2n when p is monic, which Erdős conjectured was attained when p(z)&nbsp;=&nbsp;z<sup>n</sup>&nbsp;&minus;&nbsp;1. In the case when n&nbsp;=&nbsp;2, the Erdős lemniscate is the Lemniscate of Bernoulli

<math>(x^2+y^2)^2=2(x^2-y^2),</math>


and it has been proven that this is indeed the maximal length in degree four. The Erdős lemniscate has three ordinary n-fold points, one of which is at the origin, and a genus of...
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