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Title: On a hierarchy of nonlinearly dispersive generalized Korteweg - de Vries evolution equations

We propose a hierarchy of nonlinearly dispersive generalized Korteweg–de Vries (KdV) evolution equations based on a modification of the Lagrangian density whose induced action functional the KdV equation extremizes. Two recent nonlinear evolution equations describing wave propagation in certain generalized continua with an inherent material length scale are members of the proposed hierarchy. Like KdV, the equations from the proposed hierarchy possess Hamiltonian structure. Unlike KdV, the solutions to these equations can be compact (i.e., they vanish outside of some open interval) and, in addition, peaked. Implicit solutions for these peaked, compact traveling waves (“peakompactons”) are presented.
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies
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Journal ID: ISSN 1736-6046
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Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 64; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1736-6046
Estonian Academy Publishers
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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING Korteweg–de Vries equation; compact solitary waves; classical field theory; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics