Special Issue "Geometrization of PDEs and Their Solution by Means of Symmetries"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Mathematics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020) | Viewed by 1660

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Faculty of Physics, Department of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mechanics, University of Athens, Panepistemiopolis, 157 83 Athens, Greece
Interests: mathematical physics; cosmology; general relativity; conservation laws; lie algebra; fundamental symmetry
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Institute of Systems Science, Durban University of Technology, Durban 4000, South Africa
Interests: symmetries; integrability; collineations; gravitational physics
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Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, a large number of studies have related PDEs with geometric objects, mainly with a metric tensor. For each PDE, a metric tensor can be defined, i.e., Riemannian or non-Riemannian space, which acts as the “phase space” of the PDE. The Lie symmetries defined by the geometric elements defining the geometry of that space are related with the first integrals and the invariants of the PDE. The last elements can be used to facilitate the solution of the PDE and, if there are enough of them, even to solve the PDE. This Special Issue offers an opportunity to collect a large amount of work and the obtained results on this topic existing so far in the literature and, at the same time, present new avenues and ideas for future steps in this topic.

Prof. Dr. Michael Tsamparlis
Dr. Andronikos Paliathanasis
Guest Editors

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  • first integrals of PDEs
  • invariants of PDEs
  • symmetries
  • geometry of a PDE

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23 pages, 386 KiB  
Integrable and Superintegrable Potentials of 2d Autonomous Conservative Dynamical Systems
Symmetry 2020, 12(10), 1655; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym12101655 - 10 Oct 2020
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We consider the generic quadratic first integral (QFI) of the form [...] Read more.
We consider the generic quadratic first integral (QFI) of the form I=Kab(t,q)q˙aq˙b+Ka(t,q)q˙a+K(t,q) and require the condition dI/dt=0. The latter results in a system of partial differential equations which involve the tensors Kab(t,q), Ka(t,q), K(t,q) and the dynamical quantities of the dynamical equations. These equations divide in two sets. The first set involves only geometric quantities of the configuration space and the second set contains the interaction of these quantities with the dynamical fields. A theorem is presented which provides a systematic solution of the system of equations in terms of the collineations of the kinetic metric in the configuration space. This solution being geometric and covariant, applies to higher dimensions and curved spaces. The results are applied to the simple but interesting case of two-dimensional (2d) autonomous conservative Newtonian potentials. It is found that there are two classes of 2d integrable potentials and that superintegrable potentials exist in both classes. We recover most main previous results, which have been obtained by various methods, in a single and systematic way. Full article
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