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Physics and mathematics of dispersive shocks: An introduction

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Anatoly Kamchatnov

2008-04-09
15:30:00 - 17:20:00

Physics and mathematics of dispersive shocks: An introduction

405 , Mathematics Research Center Building (ori. New Math. Bldg.)



In this lecture, we shall apply the Whitham modulation theory developed earlier for the KdV equation to description of dispersive shocks. Gurevich-Pitaevskii problem is formulated. Its solution is given for a dispersive shock formed due to decay of an initial step-like distribution.