J. D. Gibbon, P. Radmore, M. Tabor, D. Wood

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The connection between the Painleve property for partial differential equations, proposed by J. Weiss et al. and R. Hirota's method for calculating N-soliton solutions is investigated for a variety of equations including the nonlinear Schroedinger and mKdV equations. Those equations which do not possess the Painleve property are easily seen not to have self-truncating Hirota expansions. The Backlund transformations derived from the Painleve analysis and those determined by Hirota's method are shown to be directly related. This provides a simple route for demonstrating the connection between the singular manifolds used in the Painleve analysis and the eigenfunctions of the AKNS inverse scattering transform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-63
Number of pages25
JournalStudies in Applied Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics

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