On Centro-Affine Curves and Bäcklund Transformations of the KdV Equation

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We continue the study of the Korteweg-de Vries equation in terms of cento-affine curves, initiated by Pinkall. A centro-affine curve is a closed parametric curve in the affine plane such that the determinant made by the position and the velocity vectors is identically one. The space of centro-affine curves is acted upon by the special linear group, and the quotient is identified with the space of Hill’s equations with periodic solutions. It is known that the space of centro-affine curves carries two pre-symplectic structures, and the KdV flow is identified with is a bi-Hamiltonian dynamical system therein. We introduce a one-parameter family of transformations on centro-affine curves, prove that they preserve both presymplectic structures, commute with the KdV flow, and share the integrals with it. Furthermore, the transformation commute with each other (Bianchi permutability). We also describe integrals of the KdV equation as arising from the monodromy of Riccati equations associated with centro-affine curves. We are motivated by our work (joint with M. Arnold, D. Fuchs, and I. Izmenstiev), concerning the cross-ratio dynamics on ideal polygons in the hyperbolic plane and hyperbolic space, whose continuous version is studied in the present paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalArnold Mathematical Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics


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