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Abstract We investigate the Hölder geometry of curves generated by iterated function systems (IFS) in a complete metric space. A theorem of Hata from 1985 asserts that every connected attractor of an IFS is locally connected and pathconnected. We give a quantitative strengthening of Hata’s theorem. First we prove that every connected attractor of an IFS is (1/ s )Hölder pathconnected, where s is the similarity dimension of the IFS. Then we show that every connected attractor of an IFS is parameterized by a (1/ α)Hölder curve for all α > s . At the endpoint, α = s , a theorem of Remes from 1998 already established that connected selfsimilar sets in Euclidean space that satisfy the open set condition are parameterized by (1/ s )Hölder curves. In a secondary result, we show how to promote Remes’ theorem to selfsimilar sets in complete metric spaces, but in this setting require the attractor to have positive s dimensional Hausdorff measure in lieu of the open set condition. To close the paper, we determine sharp Hölder exponents of parameterizations in the class of connected selfaffine BedfordMcMullen carpets and build parameterizations of selfaffine sponges. An interesting phenomenon emerges in the selfaffine setting.more »

Let $ \Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$, $ n\geq 2$, be a 1sided NTA domain (also known as a uniform domain), i.e., a domain which satisfies interior corkscrew and Harnack chain conditions, and assume that $ \partial \Omega $ is $ n$dimensional AhlforsDavid regular. We characterize the rectifiability of $ \partial \Omega $ in terms of the absolute continuity of surface measure with respect to harmonic measure. We also show that these are equivalent to the fact that $ \partial \Omega $ can be covered $ \mathcal {H}^n$a.e. by a countable union of portions of boundaries of bounded chordarc subdomains of $ \Omega $ and to the fact that $ \partial \Omega $ possesses exterior corkscrew points in a qualitative way $ \mathcal {H}^n$a.e. Our methods apply to harmonic measure and also to elliptic measures associated with real symmetric second order divergence form elliptic operators with locally Lipschitz coefficients whose derivatives satisfy a natural qualitative Carleson condition.