Bilinear Methods

(See also: resources and, in particular, research topics.)

The group has a long history of involvement in Hirota's bilinear formalism and its application to equations in 1+1 and 2+1 dimensions.

In this approach certain, special equations are found, under a transformation of the dependent variable, to reduce to a form bilinear (over the constants) in the new dependent variable. Derivatives occur in a special combinations called Hirota derivatives which make it relatively easy to obtain exact solutions. Much of the theory comes down to identities of the Jacobi-Trudi kind and involves Wronskians and Pfaffians.

There are also connections with representation theory.

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