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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 381717, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/381717
Research Article

On Differential Equations Derived from the Pseudospherical Surfaces

1College of Mathematics and Systems Science, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266590, China
2Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China
3Key Laboratory of Ocean Circulation and Wave, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China

Received 2 January 2014; Revised 19 March 2014; Accepted 21 March 2014; Published 24 April 2014

Academic Editor: Weiguo Rui

Copyright © 2014 Hongwei Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We construct two metric tensor fields; by means of these metric tensor fields, sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation are obtained, which describe pseudospherical surfaces of constant negative Riemann curvature scalar σ = −2, σ = −1, respectively. By employing the Bäcklund transformation, nonlinear superposition formulas of sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation are derived; various new exact solutions of the equations are obtained.

1. Introduction

The soliton equation [1] is related to several fields in mathematics [2] (such as differential geometry and nonlinear partial differential equation [3, 4]) and theoretical physics (such as Josephson transition line [5], solitary Rossby waves and internal solitary waves in the ocean [69], chain of coupled pendula [10], pulse propagation in two-level atomic system [11], and quantum field theory [12]). Soliton equation can be derived from pseudospherical surfaces. Extensions to other soliton equations are straightforward. Soliton equations have several remarkable properties in common. Firstly, the initial value problem can be solved exactly by means of the inverse scattering methods [13]. Secondly, they have an infinite number of conservation laws [14, 15]. Thirdly, they have Bäcklund transformations [16, 17]. Fourthly, they pass the Painlevé test [18]. Furthermore they describe pseudospherical surfaces, that is, surfaces of constant negative Gaussian curvature [19, 20].

Sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation are two important soliton equations in the field of soliton. From the model building perspective, there are various interesting examples making use of the sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation [21], such as the propagation of splay waves on a lipid membrane, one-dimensional models for elementary particles, self-induced transparency of short optical pulses, and domain walls in ferroelectric and ferromagnetic materials. The second point worth noting is the historical development of the equations. They first appeared in differential geometry, where they were used to describe surfaces with a constant negative Gaussian curvature, but the previous study mainly focuses on sine-Gordon equation [2225]; there are few scholarstic research on sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation.

In this paper, we will first construct two metric tensor fields; through these metric tensor fields, sinh-Gordon equations and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation are obtained. The method to derive soliton equations is greatly different from the previous papers [26]. Then, we will discuss analytic solutions of the sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation by using Bäcklund transformation. On the basis of the Bäcklund transformation, the formulas of nonlinear superposition of sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation are proposed in this paper, and the single-soliton (breather) solution and double-soliton (breather) solution have been calculated. Finally, computer simulations of the single-soliton (breather) solution and double-soliton (breather) solution are presented by using the mathematical software Matlab.

2. General Method to Derive Soliton Equations from Pseudospherical Surfaces

Metric tensor is used to study the invariant quantity of a surface [27, 28], such as the length of a curve drawn along the surface, the angle between a pair of curves drawn along the surface, and meeting at a common point, or tangent vectors at the same point of the surface, the area of a piece of the surface, and so on. However, many PDEs describe constant curvature surfaces. So, we can derive PDE via metric tensor. In this section, we introduce the general procedure for deriving soliton equations from pseudospherical surfaces. The metric tensor field for the PDE is given by and the line element is The quantity can be written in matrix form and then the inverse of is given by Next we have to calculate the Christoffel symbols. They are defined as where Following, we calculate the Riemann curvature tensor which is given by The Ricci tensor follows as and is constructed by contraction. From , we obtain via Finally, the curvature scalar is given by If the given is a constant, we will get a partial differential equation.

2.1. Sinh-Gordon Equation Derived from Pseudospherical Surfaces

Sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation appear in wide range of physical applications including integrable quantum field theory, kink dynamics, fluid dynamics, and nonlinear optics [2931]. In this section, we will derive sinh-Gordon equation from pseudospherical surfaces following the method presented in the previous section. The metric tensor field for the sinh-Gordon equation is given by and the line element is where is a smooth function of and . Firstly, we will calculate the Riemann curvature scalar from . Then the sinh-Gordon equation follows when we impose the condition . We have The quantity can be written in matrix form and the inverse of is given by where Differentiating (14) with respect to and , we obtain where Since we obtain Differentiating (20) with respect to and , we obtain By virtue of we get By virtue of we get By virtue of we get Finally, with the help of we get When given , the well-known sinh-Gordon equation is obtained.

2.2. Elliptic Sinh-Gordon Equation Derived from Pseudospherical Surfaces

In this section, we will derive elliptic sinh-Gordon equation from pseudospherical surfaces. The metric tensor field for the elliptic sinh-Gordon equation is given by and the line element is Firstly, we calculate the Riemann curvature scalar from . Then the elliptic sinh-Gordon equation follows when we impose the condition . We have The quantity can be written in matrix form and the inverse of is given by where Differentiate (34) with respect to and , we have where Since we obtain Differentiating (40) with respect to and , we obtainBy virtue of we get By virtue of we get By virtue of we get Finally, with the help of we get When given , the well-known elliptic sinh-Gordon equation is obtained.

3. Solutions to the Sinh-Gordon Equation and Elliptic Equation

Bäcklund transformations play an important role in finding solutions of a certain class of nonlinear partial differential equations [32, 33]. From a solution of a nonlinear partial differential equation, we can sometimes find a relationship that will generate the solution of a different partial differential equation, which is known as a Bäcklund transformation, or of the same partial differential equation where such a relation is then known as an auto-Bäcklund transformation.

As to elliptic sinh-Gordon equation under the transformation where is a positive constant, (51) is transformed into the sinh-Gordon equation So, if we get the solutions of the sinh-Gordon equation, it is very easy to get the solutions of the elliptic sinh-Gordon equation.

The auto-Bäcklund transformations for the sinh-Gordon equation is given by If is a solution of the sinh-Gordon equation, is also a solution of the sinh-Gordon equation. Here we are looking for solutions of the sinh-Gordon equation by using the Bäcklund transformations. Obviously is a solution of the sinh-Gordon equation. This is known as the vacuum solution. We make use of the auto-Bäcklund transformation to construct another solution of the sinh-Gordon equation from the vacuum solution. Inserting this solution into the given Bäcklund transformation results in Since we obtain a new solution of the sinh-Gordon equation; namely, where is a constant of integration, and the computer simulation of (58) is presented in Figures 1 and 2.

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Figure 1: Waterfall of (58), where , .
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Figure 2: Solution of (58), where , , and .

This solution may be used to determine another solution for the sinh-Gordon equation and so on. If we use this method to calculate other new solutions, it is very difficult to solve the first-order equation. However, we can get the nonlinear superposition formula via (55). From , first by employing , is obtained; then by employing , can be obtained: Meanwhile by changing the using order of and , and are also obtained, respectively. If , then From (59) and (60), we get By simple calculation, (61) can be rewritten as or After abbreviation, the following nonlinear superposition formula obtained or If we are given by means of (65), we can easily get the fourth solution and the computer simulation of the solution is presented in Figures 3 and 4.

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Figure 3: Waterfall of (67), where , , , and .
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Figure 4: Solution of (67), where , , , , and .

In this way, by algebraic operation, a series of new solutions of sinh-Gordon equation can be easily obtained. Similarly, from (52), (58), and (67), we can get the single breather solution and double breather solution of the elliptic sinh-Gordon equation. The computer simulation of the solutions is presented in Figures 5 and 6.

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Figure 5: Waterfall of (68), where , , and .
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Figure 6: Waterfall of (69), where , , , , and .

4. Summary and Discussion

In this paper, we obtain sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation by means of pseudospherical surfaces. In addition, we give the Bäcklund transformations and nonlinear superposition formulas of sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation, which lead to new exact solutions of the sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation. On the basis of the Bäcklund transformations and nonlinear superposition formulas, the single-soliton (breather) solution and double-soliton (breather) solution of the sinh-Gordon equation and elliptic sinh-Gordon equation have been calculated. Finally, computer simulations of the single-soliton (breather) solution and double-soliton (breather) solution are presented by using the mathematical software Matlab. In forthcoming days, we will further discuss the problem. It is also interesting for us to see how the metric tensor field will be for other soliton equations.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgment

This work was supported by the Strategic Pioneering Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (no. XDA 10020104), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 11271007), the Nature Science Foundation of Shandong Province of China (no. ZR2013AQ017), the Open Fund of the Key Laboratory of Data Analysis and Application, State Oceanic Administration (no. LDAA-2013-04), and the SDUST Research Fund (no. 2012KYTD105).

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