A soliton is a non-linear object which moves through space without dispersion at constant speed. They occur naturally as solutions to the Korteweg - de Vries equation. They were first observed by John Scott Russell in the 19th century and then by Martin Kruskal and Norman Zabusky (who coined the term soliton) in a famous computer simulation in 1965. Insight into solitons can be obtained by noting that the Korteweg - de Vries equation satisfies D’Alembert’s solution:


We see at once that this satisfies two important criteria: it has a constant velocity c, and it can also be shown that the two functions f and g can collide without altering shape. Solitons also occur in non-linear optics and as solutions to field equations in quantum field theory.

Title soliton
Canonical name Soliton
Date of creation 2013-03-22 17:47:50
Last modified on 2013-03-22 17:47:50
Owner invisiblerhino (19637)
Last modified by invisiblerhino (19637)
Numerical id 10
Author invisiblerhino (19637)
Entry type Definition
Classification msc 35Q51
Classification msc 37K40
Synonym solitary wave