Proceedings of the International Conference on Geometry, Integrability and Quantization

Basic Aspects of Soliton Theory

Vladimir S. Gerdjikov

Abstract

This is a review of the main ideas of the inverse scattering method (ISM) for solving nonlinear evolution equations (NLEE), known as soliton equations. As a basic tool we use the fundamental analytic solutions $\chi^{\pm}(x,\lambda)$ of the Lax operator $L(\lambda)$. Then the inverse scattering problem for $L(\lambda)$ reduces to a Riemann–Hilbert problem. Such construction has been applied to wide class of Lax operators, related to the simple Lie algebras. We construct the kernel of the resolvent of $L(\lambda)$ in terms of $\chi^{\pm}(x,\lambda)$ and derive the spectral decompositions of $L(\lambda)$. Thus we can solve the relevant classes of NLEE which include the NLS equation and its multi-component generalizations, the $N$-wave equations, etc. Applying the dressing method of Zakharov and Shabat we derive the $N$-soliton solutions of these equations.

Next we explain that the ISM is a natural generalization of the Fourier transform method. As appropriate generalizations of the usual exponential function we use the so-called “squared solutions” which are constructed again in terms of $\chi^{\pm}(x, \lambda)$ and the Cartan–Weyl basis of the relevant Lie algebra. One can prove the completeness relations for the “squared solutions” which in fact provide the spectral decompositions of the recursion operator $\Lambda$.

These decompositions can be used to derive all fundamental properties of the corresponding NLEE in terms of $\Lambda$: i) the explicit form of the class of integrable NLEE; ii) the generating functionals of integrals of motion; iii) the hierarchies of Hamiltonian structures. We outline the importance of the classical $R$-matrices for extracting the involutive integrals of motion.

Article information

Source
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Geometry, Integrability and Quantization, Ivaïlo M. Mladenov and Allen C. Hirshfeld, eds. (Sofia: Softex, 2005), 78-125

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 12 June 2015

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/ euclid.pgiq/1434148345

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.7546/giq-6-2005-78-125

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2161762

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1086.35102

Citation

Gerdjikov, Vladimir S. Basic Aspects of Soliton Theory. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Geometry, Integrability and Quantization, 78--125, Softex, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2005. doi:10.7546/giq-6-2005-78-125. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.pgiq/1434148345


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