January  2010, 26(1): 151-196. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2010.26.151

The algebro-geometric initial value problem for the Ablowitz-Ladik hierarchy


Department of Mathematics, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, United States


Department of Mathematical Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim


Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Nordbergstrasse 15, 1090 Wien, Austria, Austria

Received  August 2008 Revised  June 2009 Published  October 2009

We discuss the algebro-geometric initial value problem for the Ablowitz-Ladik hierarchy with complex-valued initial data and prove unique solvability globally in time for a set of initial (Dirichlet divisor) data of full measure. To this effect we develop a new algorithm for constructing stationary complex-valued algebro-geometric solutions of the Ablowitz-Ladik hierarchy, which is of independent interest as it solves the inverse algebro-geometric spectral problem for general (non-unitary) Ablowitz-Ladik Lax operators, starting from a suitably chosen set of initial divisors of full measure. Combined with an appropriate first-order system of differential equations with respect to time (a substitute for the well-known Dubrovin-type equations), this yields the construction of global algebro-geometric solutions of the time-dependent Ablowitz-Ladik hierarchy.
   The treatment of general (non-unitary) Lax operators associated with general coefficients for the Ablowitz-Ladik hierarchy poses a variety of difficulties that, to the best of our knowledge, are successfully overcome here for the first time. Our approach is not confined to the Ablowitz-Ladik hierarchy but applies generally to $(1+1)$-dimensional completely integrable soliton equations of differential-difference type.
Citation: Fritz Gesztesy, Helge Holden, Johanna Michor, Gerald Teschl. The algebro-geometric initial value problem for the Ablowitz-Ladik hierarchy. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems, 2010, 26 (1) : 151-196. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2010.26.151

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