Integrability and Mathematical Physics

in the frame of the International Conference “Mathematics Days in Sofia”


he proposed mini-symposium aims to bring together experts in Mathematical physics working on problems, related to integrability /exact solvability of nonlinear PDEs. The equations of interest are rich of underlying algebraic and geometric structures which predetermines the variety of mathematical methods used in the area. These methods include spectral theory of operators, functional analysis, geometry, inverse scattering of discrete and continuous integrable systems, symmetry groups and theory of Lie groups and algebras. The focus of the presented results will be on particular solution techniques as well as on qualitative results and further developments of the mathematical methods. An important aim of this mini symposium is also to establish and emphasize the connection of the PDE models under consideration to real life applications in fluid mechanics, nonlinear optics and geophysics.

Organizing Committee

  • George Papamikos (University of Essex, UK)

  • Georgi Boyadjiev (Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgaria)

  • Georgi Grahovski (University of Essex, UK)

  • Rossen Ivanov (Technological University Dublin, Ireland)


  • Alexander Stefanov, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

  • George Papamikos, University of Essex, UK

  • Georgi Boyadjiev, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgaria

  • Georgi Grahovski, University of Essex, UK

  • Michail D. Todorov, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Nikola Stoilov, University of Burgundy, France

  • Panagiota Adamopoulou, Heriot Watt University, UK

  • Pavlos Kassotakis, University of Warsaw, Poland

  • Rossen Ivanov, Technological University Dublin, Ireland

  • Sotiris Konstantinou-Rizos, Yaroslavl University, Russia

  • Stoyan Mishev, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

  • Tihomir Valchev, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgaria

  • Vladimir Gerdjikov, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgaria

Program and Abstracts

Boussinesq’s equation (BE) was the first model for the propagation of surface waves over shallow inviscid fluid layer. He found an analytical solution of his equation and thus proved that the balance between the steepening effect of the nonlinearity and the flattening effect of the dispersion maintains the shape of the wave. This discovery can be properly termed ‘Boussinesq Paradigm.’ Apart from the significance for the shallow water flows, this paradigm is very important for understanding the particle-like behavior of nonlinear localized waves. As it should have been expected, most of the physical systems are not fully integrable (even in one spatial dimension) and only a numerical approach can lead to unearthing the pertinent physical mechanisms of the interactions. A different approach to removing the incorrectness is by changing the spatial fourth derivative to a mixed fourth derivative, which resulted into an equation know nowadays as the Regularized Long Wave Equation (RLWE) or Benjamin–Bona–Mahony equation (BBME) In fact, the mixed derivative occurs naturally in Boussinesq derivation and was changed by Boussinesq to a fourth spatial derivative under an assumption that second temporal derivative is approximately equal to the second partial derivative,which is currently known as the ‘Linear Impedance Relation’ (or LIA). The LIA has produced innumerable instances of unphysical results.

The soliton hierarchies are characterised by a pair of Lax operators (L and M), which depend on a spectral parameter, usually involving finitely many positive and negative powers of the spectral parameter.
We present recent results on integrable systems arising from quadratic pencil of Lax operator L, with values in a Hermitian symmetric space. The counterpart operator M in the Lax pair defines positive, negative and rational flows, according to the dependence on the spectral parameter. The examples include extensions of the integrable Kaup-Newell, Gerdjikov-Ivanov, Fokas-Lenells equations, as well as new systems. The results are illustrated with examples from the A.III symmetric space. Our approach originates from the classical papers such as [1,2], see for example [3,4]


[1] Fordy AP, Kulish PP, Nonlinear Schrödinger equations and simple Lie algebras, Commun. Math. Phys. 89 (1983) 427.

[2] Athorne C, Fordy A, Generalised KdV and MKdV equations associated with symmetric spaces, J Phys A: Math Gen. 20 (1987) 1377–86.

[3] Ivanov R, NLS-type equations from quadratic pencil of Lax operators: Negative flows, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 161 (2022) 112299,

[4] Gerdjikov VS and Ivanov R, Multicomponent Fokas–Lenells equations on Hermitian symmetric spaces, Nonlinearity 34 (2021) 939; ttps://, arXiv:2104.00154 [nlin.SI]
We consider a system of second order nonlinear partial differential equations in two independent variables. That system has a zero-curvature representation connected to the special linear algebra over complex numbers with an additional constraint imposed on the potential. The existence of a Lax pair allows us to use the machinery of the inverse scattering transform to study the nonlinear system. By applying dressing procedure with dressing factors that are rational functions of the spectral parameter, we obtain classes of explicit solutions. Generally speaking, those are not traveling wave solutions which might have singularities in some cases.

Set-theoretical solutions of the Pentagon relation, also referred to as Pentagon maps, turn to be essentially three-dimensional discrete integrable systems. In this talk we focus into a connection of the Pentagon maps with discrete integrability, via Lax pair formulation. In detail, we propose a specific class of matrices that participate to factorization problems that turn to be equivalent to constant and entwining (non-constant) Pentagon maps, expressed in totally non-commutative variables. We show that factorizations of order N = 2 matrices of this specific class, turn equivalent to the homogeneous normalization map, while from order N = 3 matrices we obtain an extension of the homogeneous normalization map, as well as novel entwining Pentagon, reverse-Pentagon and Yang-Baxter maps.

The quasispin models in quantum mechanics provide one of the simplest theoretical settings capable of embracing both the gross properties of significantly more complex and realistic systems and some of their structural particularities. Being exactly solvable, they serve as a testbed for exploring the qualities of different approximation schemes for solving the quantum many-body problem. In our contribution, we present an approximation to the wave function of two- and three-level Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick models using neural networks in the form of a restricted Boltzmann machine and feed-forward architectures. We further explore the ability of our solution to reproduce system properties such as deformation and spontaneous symmetry breaking.

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