Chris Eilbeck (Heriot-Watt University)
10.12.2015 - W01 0-012 (Wechloy), 16 Uhr c.t.
Generalizations of the Weierstrass sigma function, discriminants, and heat equations
Abstract: The solutions of many interesting nonlinear wave equations can be written down in terms of Weierstrass $\wp$ functions and their generalizations to higher genus. In turn the $\wp$ functions are just the 2nd logarithmic derivatives of a entire function, the Weierstrass $\sigma$ function generalized to genus $g$. We discuss the properties of the $\sigma$ function associated with a plane curve of genus $g$. These functions satisfy sets of interesting linear parabolic PDEs. These PDEs can be used to form linear but complicated recurrence relations for the coefficients of the sigma expansion. A connection with the discriminant of the associated curve is also highlighted.