Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society

Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5420156, 9 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5420156

## New Exact Solutions for the (3+1)-Dimensional Generalized BKP Equation

^{1}School of Science, Xi’an University of Science and Technology, Xi’an 710054, China^{2}Department of Applied Mathematics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China

Received 20 April 2016; Accepted 6 June 2016

Academic Editor: Nikos I. Karachalios

Copyright © 2016 Jun Su and Genjiu Xu. 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

The Wronskian technique is used to investigate a (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation. Based on Hirota’s bilinear form, new exact solutions including rational solutions, soliton solutions, positon solutions, negaton solutions, and their interaction solutions are formally derived. Moreover we analyze the strangely mechanical behavior of the Wronskian determinant solutions. The study of these solutions will enrich the variety of the dynamics of the nonlinear evolution equations.

#### 1. Introduction

In recent years, the problem of finding exact solutions of nonlinear evolution equations (NLEEs) is very popular for both mathematicians and physicists. Because seeking exact solutions of NLEEs is of great significance in nonlinear dynamics, many methods such as the inverse scattering transformation [1], Hirota’s bilinear method [2], the Darboux transformation [3], the sine-cosine method [4], -expansion method [5, 6], and the transformed rational function method [7] have been proposed. The Wronskian method which is based on the bilinear form of the NLEEs was proposed by Freeman and Nimmo in [8, 9]. It is a fairly powerful tool to construct exact solutions of NLEEs in terms of the Wronskian determinant. By means of the method, the exact solutions of some NLEEs are obtained [10–16].

The study of the BKP equation has attracted a considerable size of research work. These equations were studied using the Hirota method, the multiple exp-function algorithm, the Pfaffian technique, Riemann theta functions, the extended homoclinic test approach, and Bäcklund transformation by many authors [17–26]. In this paper, based on the Wronskian method, the new exact solutions including rational solutions, soliton solutions, positon solutions, negaton solutions, and their interaction solutions of the (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equations are investigated.

In this paper, we will consider the following (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation:When , this (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation reduces to the BKP equation [27, 28]:By the dependent variable transformationthe (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation (1) becomes a bilinear formwhere , , , and are the Hirota operators [2]:

We will show this (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation has a class of Wronskian solutions with all generating functions for matrix entries satisfying a linear system of partial differential equations involving a free parameter. Rational solutions, solitons, positons, negatons, and interaction solutions to (1) among Wronskian determinant solutions are constructed and a few plots of particular solutions are made.

The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we derive a Wronskian formulation for the (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation. In Section 3, Wronskian solutions to the (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation are obtained. Section 4 presents the conclusion.

#### 2. A Wronskian Formulation

The Wronskian technique is a powerful tool to construct exact solutions to bilinear differential or difference equations. To use the Wronskian technique, we adopt the compact notation introduced by Freeman and Nimmo [8, 9]:whereSolutions determined by with to the (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation (1) are called Wronskian solutions.

Theorem 1. *Assuming that a group of functions , , satisfies the following linear conditionswhere is an arbitrary nonzero constant, then the Wronskian determinant defined by (6) solves the bilinear equation (5).*

*Proof. *Obviously, we have Using conditions (9), (10), and (11), we get that

Under (8), it is not difficult to obtain [10] Therefore, Substitution of the above results into (4) finally leads to the following Plücker relation:

Theorem 1 tells us that if a group of functions , , satisfies the linear conditions in (8)–(11), then we can get a solution to the bilinear BKP equation (4). The corresponding solution of (1) is

*Remark 1. *From the compatibility conditions , , of conditions (8)–(11), we have the equality and thus it is easy to see that the Wronskian determinant becomes zero if there is at least one entry satisfying .

*Remark 2. *If the coefficient matrix is similar to another matrix under an invertible constant matrix , let us say , then solves and the resulting Wronskian solutions to (1) are the same: Based on Remark 1, we only need to consider case of (8)–(11) under , that is, the following conditions:where is an arbitrary real constant matrix. Moreover, Remark 2 tells us that an invertible constant linear transformation on in the Wronskian determinant does not change the corresponding Wronskian solution, and thus, we only have to solve (21) under the Jordan form of .

#### 3. Wronskian Solutions

In principle, we can construct general Wronskian solutions of (1) associated with two types of Jordan blocks of the coefficient matrix . But it is not easy. In this section we will present a few special Wronskian solutions to the generalized BKP equation, together with examples of exact solutions.

It is well known that the corresponding Jordan form of a real matrix has the following two types of blocks: (I) (II) where , , are all real constants. The first type of blocks has the real eigenvalue with algebraic multiplicity , and the second type of blocks has the complex eigenvalue with algebraic multiplicity .

##### 3.1. Rational Solutions

Suppose has the first type of Jordan blocks. Without loss of generality, let

In this case, if the eigenvalue , becomes of the following form: From condition (21), we getSuch functions are all polynomials in , , , and , and a general Wronskian solution to the (3+1)-dimensional generalized BKP equation (1) is rational and is called a rational Wronskian solution of order .

From (27), we solve , , , and have where , , and are all real constants. Similarly, by solving , , , , , then two special rational solutions of lower-order are obtained after setting some integral constants to be zero.

*(**1) Zero-Order*. When , , , we have the corresponding Wronskian determinant and the associated rational Wronskian solution of zero-order:

*(**2) First-Order*. Taking , , , we have . In this case, the corresponding Wronskian determinant is , and the rational Wronskian solution of first-order reads

*(**3) Second-Order*. Taking , , we have . Then the Wronskian determinant is , and the rational Wronskian solution of second-order is given by

##### 3.2. Solitons, Positons, and Negatons

If the eigenvalue , becomes of the following form: We start from the eigenfunction determined byGeneral solutions to this system in two cases of and read asrespectively, where , , , and are arbitrary real constants. By an inspection, we find that Therefore, through this set of eigenfunctions, we obtain a Wronskian solution to (1):which corresponds to the first type of Jordan blocks with a nonzero real eigenvalue.

When , we get positon solutions [29], and when , we get negaton solutions [30]. If we suppose have different nonzero real eigenvalues, in which there are positive real eigenvalues and negative real eigenvalues, then a more general positon can be obtained by combining sets of eigenfunctions associated with different : Similarly, a more general negaton can be obtained by combining sets of eigenfunctions associated with different : This solution is called an -positon of order or -negaton of order . If or , we simply say that it is an -positon of order or an -negaton of order .

*(**1) Solitons*. An -soliton solution is a special -negaton:with being given bywhere and are arbitrary real constants. For example, a -soliton to (1) is given bywhere .

Similarly, we have a 2-soliton to (1):where , . Figures 1 and 2 of three-dimensional plots show the -soliton to (1) defined by (40) on the indicated specific regions, with specific values being chosen for the parameters.