Modulating pulse solutions for quasilinear wave equations

2005-08-16T14:14:26Z (GMT) by Mark D. Groves G. Schneider
This paper presents an existence proof for symmetric modulating pulse solutions of a quasilinear wave equation. Modulating pulse solutions consist of a pulse-like envelope advancing in the laboratory frame and modulating an underlying wave-train; they are also referred to as "moving breathers" since they are time-periodic in a moving frame of reference. The problem is formulated as an infinite-dimensional dynamical system with two stable, two unstable and infinitely many neutral directions. Using a partial normal form and a generalisation of local invariant-manifold theory to the quasilinear setting we prove the existence of modulating pulses on arbitrarily large, but finite domains in space and time.