Integrable evolution equations on associative algebras

Peter J. Olver, Vladimir V. Sokolov

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This paper surveys the classification of integrable evolution equations whose field variables take values in an associative algebra, which includes matrix, Clifford, and group algebra valued systems. A variety of new examples of integrable systems possessing higher order symmetries are presented. Symmetry reductions lead to an associative algebra-valued version of the Painlevé transcendent equations. The basic theory of Hamiltonian structures for associative algebra-valued systems is developed and the biHamiltonian structures for several examples are found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-268
Number of pages24
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 1998


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