Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics
Vol.03 No.05(2015), Article ID:56541,6 pages

Generalized Darboux Transformation and Rational Solutions for the Nonlocal Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation with the Self-Induced Parity-Time Symmetric Potential

Jian Chen

College of Science, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China


Copyright © 2015 by author and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).

Received 14 April 2015; accepted 19 May 2015; published 22 May 2015


In this paper, I construct a generalized Darboux transformation for the nonlocal nonlinear Schrö- dinger equation with the self-induced parity-time symmetric potential. The N-order rational solution is derived by the iterative rule and it can be expressed by the determinant form. In particular, I calculate first-order and second-order rational solutions and obtain their figures according to different parameters.


Generalized Darboux Transformation, Rational Solutions, Nonlocal Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation

1. Introduction

Parity-time (PT) symmetry was firstly proposed by Bender and Boettcher in quantum mechanics [1] . And it has been widespread concerned in optical solitons [2] , non-reciprocal light propagation [3] , unidirectional invisibility [4] , perfect absorber [5] and so on. Since then, there has been attracted more and more attentions in the non- Hermitian systems with PT symmetry [6] -[13] . Generally, the non-Hermitian Hamiltonian is deemed to be PT symmetric if, where denotes the momentum operator; is the complex potential [1] [6] ; the asterisk denotes the complex conjugate. According to the PT symmetry condition, the real part of a PT symmetry complex potential must be an even function whereas the imaginary part should be odd. In optical system, the PT symmetric potential can be realized by controlling the complex refractive index distribution where the refractive index profile is an even function in the trans- verse direction, the gain or loss component is an odd one [10] -[12] .

In the nonlinear optics, the PT symmetric and Kerr nonlinearity linear potentials have been intensively researched in the nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equations. For example, [14] has studied the soliton in PT symmetric potential with competing nonlinearity; [15] has studied the dynamical behaviors of 2D nonautonomous solitons in PT symmetric potentials; and [16] has studied stable dark solitons in PT symmetric dual-core waveguides.

In this paper, I will consider a nonlocal NLS equation [17]


which is non-Hermitian but PT symmetric, where is a complex valued function of real variables x and z, and. The signs and denote the focusing and defocusing respectively. In Equation (1), the nonlinear term brings a self-induced potential of the form, which satisfies the PT symmetric condition The exact moving one-soliton solution of Equation (1) has been obtained in [17] via the inverse scattering transform. The dark and antidark soliton interactions have been given in [18] via the classical Darboux transformation (DT) method. However, there are no papers on high-order rational solutions of Equation (1) by generalized Darboux transformation (gDT).

The organization of this paper is as follows: In Section 2, a determinant expression of N-order gDT will be constructed based on the Lax pair. In Section 3, I will obtain a general determinant expression of N-order rational solution of Equation (1). In addition, I calculate first-order and second-order rational solutions and obtain their figures according to different parameters. The conclusions will be given in Section 4.

2. Lax Pair and Generalized Darboux Transformation

The Lax pair of Equation (1) can be expressed as follows [17] :


where is the vector eigenfunction of Lax pair (2), and T signifies the vector transpose. Matrices U and V have the following forms:

where is a spectral parameter, the asterisk denotes the complex conjugate. The compatibility condition is equivalent to Equation (1) by a direct computation.

The classical DT for Equation (1) has been constructed in [18] :



Here is an eigenfunction of Lax pair (2) with a seeding solution and

, then is also a solution of the Lax pair (2) with [17] . Thus I

choose different eigenfunctions separately at, the above DT procedure can be easily iterated. Based on Crum theorem [19] , I can obtain a general case for Equation (1) in the form of determinant.

Next, I suppose are N different eigenfunctions of Lax pair (2) with then iterate the above DT N times, I obtain the N-fold DT for Equation (1) in the form of a determinant as



In the following, I derive the determinant form of the gDT for Equation (1). Considering N different eigenfunctions for the Lax pair (2) with and Taylor expansion


Thus, on the basis of the work in [20] [21] , I can perform the limit on Formula (4), then obtain the following result:



3. Rational Solutions

To construct the rational solutions of Equation (1), I take a plane wave solution


where a is real constant, and the frequency satisfies the nonlinear dispersion relation


Then inserting Equation (7) into the Lax pair (2) and taking, I obtain



where and are both complex constants. In order to obtain the rational solitonic structure, I must impose s to be real numbers, which is satisfied only when,. I point out that, a special seed solution and suitable eigenvalue enable us to get higher rational solutions in determinant forms according to Formula (5). In the following discussions, I may set to simply our calculation process. Then set in Formula (8), I obtain



The relevant Taylor expansions are


It follows that the N-order rational solution for Equation (1), reads



Setting N = 1 in Formula (10), then I obtain the first-order rational solution (see Figure 1(a)) with the parameters, as follows


Then with N = 2, the second-order rational solution (see Figure 1(b)) with the parameters, is obtained, namely,


Figure 1. (a) Plot of the first-order rational solution; (b) Plot of the second-order rational solution.


4. Conclusion

In this paper, I have studied the nonlocal nonlinear Schrödinger equation with the self-induced parity-time- symmetric potential. Then I have constructed a gDT for Equation (1) and derived the N-fold rational solutions in determinant forms. In particular, I have calculated first-order and second-order rational solutions from a planewave solution and obtained their figures according to different parameters.


This work is supported by the Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Project under Grant No. XTKX2012, by the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai under Grant No. 12ZR1446800, Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai municipality, and by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 11201302 and11171220.


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