Robert P. Munafo, 1999 Feb 4.
A second-order satellite is a mu-molecule which is located sufficiently close to another, larger mu-molecule without being part of the larger mu-molecule's mu-unit. "sufficiently close" in this context is loosely defined as a distance roughly equal to the radius of the smallest disk that completely encloses the larger mu-molecule in question. Second-order satellites are at the center of the largest and most distinct embedded Julia sets.
See also second-order embedded Julia set.
From the Mandelbrot Set Glossary and Encyclopedia, by Robert Munafo, (c) 1987-2017. Mu-ency index
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