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Aaron Hoffman : Existence and Orbital Stability for Counterpropagating Waves in the FPU model

The Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) model of coupled anharmonic oscillators has long been of interest in nonlinear science. It is only recently (Friesecke and Wattis 1994, Frieseck and Pego 1999-2003, and Mizumachi (submitted)) that the existence and stability of solitary waves in FPU has been completely understood. In light of the fact that the Korteweg-deVries (KdV) equation may recovered as a long wave limit of FPU and that the theory of soliton interaction is both beautiful and completely understood in KdV, it is of interest to describe the interaction of two colliding solitary waves in the FPU model. We show that the FPU model contains an open set of solutions which remain close to the linear sum of two long wave low amplitude solitions as time goes to either positive or negative infinity.

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