Accession Number : AD0602235

Title :   ASYMPTOTIC METHODS FOR THE SOLUTION OF DISPERSIVE HYPERBOLIC EQUATIONS.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : NEW YORK UNIV N Y COURANT INST OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Lewis,Robert M.

Report Date : APR 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : A general method is presented for finding asymptotic solutions of initial-boundary value problems for linear hyperbolic partial differential equations. A large parameter lambda appears in the equation, multiplying a lower order (dispersive) term. It also may appear in the initial data and the inhomogeneous (source) term, in a variety of ways. This gives rise to a variety of different types of asymptotic solutions. The expansion procedure is a ray method, i.e., all of the functions that appear in the expansion satisfy ordinary differential equations along certain space-time curves called rays. These rays do not lie on characteristic hypersurfaces, but instead fill out the interior of the characteristic hypercone. They are associated with an appropriately defined group velocity. The details of the expansion are presented for a simple second order hyperbolic equation. The applicability of the method to symmetric hyperbolic systems and to the integro-differential equations for dispersive dielectrics is discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*POWER SERIES, SERIES(MATHEMATICS)), (*BOUNDARY VALUE PROBLEMS, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS), (*PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, BOUNDARY VALUE PROBLEMS), MATRICES(MATHEMATICS), HAMILTONIAN, DIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY, ELECTROMAGNETISM, OSCILLATION, DIELECTRICS, ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE REFLECTIONS, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, FOURIER ANALYSIS, COMPLEX VARIABLES

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE