Multi-time Lagrangian 1-forms for families of Bäcklund transformations: Toda-type systems

Raphael Boll, Matteo Petrera, Yuri B. Suris

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General Lagrangian theory of discrete one-dimensional integrable systems is illustrated by a detailed study of Bäcklund transformations for Toda-type systems. Commutativity of Bäcklund transformations is shown to be equivalent to the consistency of the system of discrete multi-time Euler-Lagrange equations. The precise meaning of the commutativity in the periodic case, when all maps are double-valued, is established. It is shown that the gluing of different branches is governed by the so-called superposition formulas. The closure relation for the multi-time Lagrangian 1-form on solutions of the variational equations is proved for all Toda-type systems. Superposition formulas are instrumental for this proof. The closure relation was previously shown to be equivalent to the spectrality property of Bäcklund transformations, i.e., to the fact that the derivative of the Lagrangian with respect to the spectral parameter is a common integral of motion of the family of Bäcklund transformations. We relate this integral of motion to the monodromy matrix of the zero curvature representation which is derived directly from equations of motion in an algorithmic way. This serves as further evidence in favor of the idea that Bäcklund transformations serve as zero curvature representations for themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number275204
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number27
StatePublished - 12 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


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