This book is a detailed exposition of algebraic and geometrical aspects related to the theory of symmetries and recursion operators for nonlinear partial differential equations (PDE), both in classical and in super, or graded, versions. It contains an original theory of FrölicherNijenhuis brackets which is the basis for a special cohomological theory naturally related to the equation structure. This theory gives rise to infinitesimal deformations of PDE, recursion operators being a particular case of such deformations. Efficient computational formulas for constructing recursion operators are deduced and, in combination with the theory of coverings, lead to practical algorithms of computations. Using these techniques, previously unknown recursion operators (together with the corresponding infinite series of symmetries) are constructed. In particular, complete integrability of some superequations of mathematical physics (Kortewegde Vries, nonlinear Schrödinger equations, etc.) is proved. Audience: The book will be of interest to mathematicians and physicists specializing in geometry of differential equations, integrable systems and related topics.

Authors: Krasil'shchik I.S., Kersten P.H.  Pages: 397 Year: 2000 
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