# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

March  2014, 34(3): 991-1008. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2014.34.991

## Numerical simulation of nonlinear dispersive quantization

 1 School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States, United States

Received  November 2012 Revised  April 2013 Published  August 2013

When posed on a periodic domain in one space variable, linear dispersive evolution equations with integral polynomial dispersion relations exhibit strikingly different behaviors depending upon whether the time is rational or irrational relative to the length of the interval, thus producing the Talbot effect of dispersive quantization and fractalization. The goal here is to show that these remarkable phenomena extend to nonlinear dispersive evolution equations. We will present numerical simulations, based on operator splitting methods, of the nonlinear Schrödinger and Korteweg--deVries equations with step function initial data and periodic boundary conditions. For the integrable nonlinear Schrödinger equation, our observations have been rigorously confirmed in a recent paper of Erdoǧan and Tzirakis, [10].
Citation: Gong Chen, Peter J. Olver. Numerical simulation of nonlinear dispersive quantization. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A, 2014, 34 (3) : 991-1008. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2014.34.991
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