Centre for Discrete and Applicable Mathematics 

CDAM Research Report, LSECDAM200009July 2000 
Steve Alpern and V.S. Prasad
Abstract
Let \mu be a locally positive Borel measure on a \sigmacompact nmanifold X, n => 2. We show that there is always a \mupreserving homeomorphism of X which is maximally chaotic in that it satisfies Devaney's definition of chaos, with the sensitivity constant chosen maximally. Futhermore, maximally chaotic homeomorphisms are compactopen topology dense in the space of all \mupreserving homeomorphisms of X if and only if (X,\mu) has at most one end of infinite measure. (For example, for Lebesgue measure on the plane but not on the strip X = R x [0,1].) This work extends that of Aarts and Daalderop, Daalderop and Fokkink, Kato et. al., and Alpern, regarding chaotic phenomena on compact manifolds, and that of Besicovitch and Prasad for other dynamical properties on noncompact manifolds.
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