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Soliton solutions of a generalized Hirota-Satsuma
equation using Darboux transformation
Physics and Mathematics Department, Faculty of Engineering, Zagazig University, Egypt.
Abstract
A modified version of the generalized Hirota-Satsuma equation is solved analytically using
Darboux transformations (DT), we start with the Lax pair of this equation and apply DT. This leads to
another solvable pair containing a new eigen functions that is a solution of the equation. Several seeds
solutions are tested as well as one and two solitons forms are obtained using DT. A suitable choice of
the seed fields leads to new solutions.
Keywords: Darboux transformation, Hirota-Satsuma equation, lax pair, solitons.
1. Introduction
The wave observed in plasma, elastic media, optical fibers, fluid dynamics are described by
nonlinear partial differential equations. In the past decades, several methods for obtaining analytic
solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations (NPDEs) have been presented, such as the inverse
scattering method[1], Hirota's method [2], the Backlund and Darboux transformation [3,4], Painlevé
expansions [5], homogenous balance method [6], Jacobi elliptic function [7, 8], extended tanh-function
methods[9-11], extended F-expansion methods [12-15], Adomain methods [16,17], Exp -function
methods [18, 19] and finally the Mapping method [20-24] .
In this paper, we solve using Darboux transformation method (25- 30), the generalized
Hirota–Satsuma equation in three dimensions (3D) described as follows;
2
3 ℎ
[ℎ − (
4
ℎ
) + 3ℎ ℎ ] = hyz
(1)
x
This equation describes the flow of an incompressible ﬂuid. Using the Singular Manifold Method
(SMM), Estevez et al [31] derive its Lax pair in the form of;
3
− +  + 3ℎ  + ℎ  = 0
(2)
2ℎ  − ℎ  + 2ℎ2  = 0
(3)
2
where h(x,y,z) is the wave amplitude and (, , ) in the system (2) and (3) is eigen functions. The
present work is organized as follows; section 2, is devoted to the mathematical formulation of the
problem .We start with an initial solution h and recursively obtain via the system eigen functions , 1
, an improved solution h[1]. Applying DT, N-times, produces N-soliton solutions. In Section 3, we
explicitly detail, the explicit solitary wave solutions for different seeds form and plot them. In Section
4, two soliton solutions are derived and plotted, applying the DT method. The paper ends with a
conclusion, in section (5).
2. Mathematical formulation
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Darboux transformation is a recursive algorithm, deriving a series of explicit solutions from a
trivial one. Applying it to the Lax pair (2) and (3) results in two eigenfunction , 1 . These are used
together, with an initial seed solution h in the following equations;

[1] = (

−
′ 1
1
)
(4)
′ 1
ℎ[1] = ℎ +
(5)
1
where [1] satisfies (2) and (3) and h[1] is a new solution for equation (1). Replacing for [1] in (2)
and (3) yields;
3
− [1] +  [1] + 3ℎ [1]  [1] + ℎ [1] [1] = 0
(6)
2ℎ [1]  [1] − ℎ [1]  [1] + 2ℎ2 [1] [1] = 0
(7)
2
Applying DT, once more we have;
[2] = [

−
′ 2 [1]
] [1]
(8)
ln 2 [1]
(9)
2 [1]

ℎ[2] = ℎ[1] +

where 2 [1] is defined as;
2 [1] = [

−
′ 1
1
] 2
(10)
where 2 is additional solution of (2) and (3) using a different constant of integration. From (8) into
equations (6) and (7) we obtain;
3
− [2] +  [2] + 3ℎ [2]  [2] + ℎ [2] [2] = 0
2
2ℎ [2] [2] − ℎ [2] [2] + 2ℎ2 [2] [2] = 0
(11)
(12)
Where ℎ[2] is a new solution of equation (1). Applying DT N-time gives the following forms for
[], ℎ[];
[] =
(1 ,2 ,…, ,)
(1 ,2 ,…, )
ℎ[] = ℎ +

ln (1 , 2 , … ,  )
(13)
(14)
where W is the Wronskian of the eigen functions; 1 , 2 , … ,  ,  .
3. Solitary wave solution
This section gives a single soliton (solitary wave) solution for both the nonlinear equation (1) and its
Lax pair (2) and (3). To simplify the solution of this system, we use a simple seed field (h). Some seed
fields are chosen and the explicit solutions are given below.
3.1 First initial (seed) solution
Consider an initial wave form;
ℎ =++
(15)
3
Substituting h into equations (2) and (3) gives;
− +  + 3 = 0
(16)
+  = 0
(17)
Let in equation (16) the solitary wave solution be;
(, , ) = (),
(18)
Where,  =  + 1  +

,to reduce equation (16) as follow;
1 −3
+ (3 − 1 ) = 0
(19)
Integrating with respect to  we obtain;
+ (3 − 1 )  =
(20)
Where, c is an arbitrary constant of integration. As the boundary conditions for solitary wave are;
,  ,  → 0 as → ±∞, thus c =0. Hence the solution of equation (20) will be;
() = () 1 + () −1
(21)
Where,
1 = √1 − 3, 1 > 3
(22)
and (), () are function to be determined later. Returning to the original variables x, y and , we
have;
(, , ) = 1
1

1
1 +1 1 −
+ 2
−1 +1 1 −
1

1
(23)
Where, 1 , 2 are two arbitrary constants.
1
1
let 1 = 2 , k 2 = − 2 we obtain;
(, , ) = ℎ (1 ( + 1 ) −
Others values are 1 =
1
2
, 2 =
1
1
1
2
)
(24)
gives;
1 (, , ) = ℎ (1 ( + 1 ) −
1
1
)
(25)
Hence from formula (4), [1] will be
[1] = 1 ℎ (1 ( + 1 ) −
1
1
)
(26)
Which is a solution of the new pair (6) and (7) with new field ℎ[1] from (5) given by
ℎ[1] =  +  +  + 1 ℎ (1 ( + 1 ) −
1
1
)
h[1], the solitary solution of equation (1) is plotted below in Fig.1 .
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(27)
Figure 1: (a) Solitary wave solution, h[1] at c1=12,  =3,z=2 in (27)
h
h
6
6
4
4
2
2
y
1.0
0.5
0.5
1.0
x
1.0
0.5
1.0
2
2
(b) Plane graph of h[1] in (27) at y=0
0.5
(c) Plane graph of h[1]in (27)at x=0
3.2 Second seed solution
Consider an initial wave form
1
ℎ = xy + ( )
z
(28)
Substituting h from (28) into system (2, 3) reduces it to the form
− +  + 3 = 0
(29)
− 2  +  = 0
(30)
Solving the system (29) and (30) yields;
5
3
1
2
1
1 = cosh (1  + (1 2 + ) 1  −
)
(31)
From (31) in (7) we obtain the solution;
1
3
1
z
2
λ1 z
h[1] = xy + ( ) + 1 ℎ [1  + 1   + 1  2 −
]
(32)
, This solution is plotted below in Fig. 2 for 1 = 3,  = 2
Figure 2: Solitary wave solution h[1] for 1 = 3,  = 2
4. Two-soliton solution
To derive a two-soliton solution; h[2], we apply the DT formula for two soliton solution, formula (8)
and (9) can be written as ;
[2] =
(1 ,2 ,)
(33)
(1 ,2 )

ℎ[2] = ℎ +

ln (1 , 2 )
(34)
where W is the wronskian of three eigenfunctions; , 1 , 2 , while h is the seed solution.
4.1 First seed solution
The first seed solution has the form; ℎ =  +  +  , while , 1 are obtained from equations (24) and
(25). To obtain 2 , we set
1 = 2 =
1
2
in (23), and choose another 2
parameter as2 =
√2 − 3, 2 > 3 . This result in;
2 (, , ) = ℎ (2 ( + 2 ) −
1
2
)
(35)
Replacing for 2 in (33),(34)we obtain;
[2] =

]
1

2 ℎ(2 (+2 )− )−1 ℎ(1 (+1 )− )
2
1
2
1 (2
1 −2 ) ℎ[1 (+1 )−
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ℎ[2] =  + 1  +  +
2
2
2 −1

2 ℎ(2 (+2 )− )−1 ℎ(1 (+1 )− )
2
1
(37)
The two-soliton solution, h[2] is plotted in Fig.3 for different c’s.
Figure 3: (a) Solitary wave solution,
h[2] for 1 = 12, 2 = 39, 1 = 3, 2 = 6,  = 2
h
h
50
50
x
1.0
0.5
0.5
1.0
y
1.0
0.5
0.5
50
50
100
100
(b) Plane graph of h[2] in (37) at y=0
4.2 Second seed solution h
Starting with another initial wave form;
(c) Plane graph of h[2] in (37) at x=0
1.0
7
ℎ =  +
1
(38)

And following steps similar to those in § 4.1, we obtain;
1
3
1
z
2
λ1 z
h[2] = xy + ( ) + 1 ℎ (1  + 1   + 1  2 −
+
)
3
2
1
3
1
3
1
)−1 2 ℎ(1 +1  + 1 2 −
)ℎ(2 +2  + 2  2 −
)
λ2 z
2
λ1 z
2
λ2 z
3
1
3
1
2 ℎ(2 +2  + 2  2 − )−1 ℎ(1 +1  + 1 2 −
)
2
λ2 z
2
λ1 z
22 −21 +2 2 tanh2 (2 +2  + 2 2 −
(39)
, This solution h[2] is plotted in Fig. 4 for 1 = 0.5, 2 = 0.25,  = 1
Figure 4: Two-soliton solution, h[2] for 1 = 0.5, 2 = 0.25,  = 1
5. Conclusions
We did here solve Hirota Satsuma equation (1) using Darboux transformation. We tested
different seed solutions and applying one and two solitons DT, we derive new solutions.
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