#### Author ORCID Identifier

#### Year of Publication

2020

#### Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

#### Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

#### College

Arts and Sciences

#### Department/School/Program

Mathematics

#### First Advisor

Dr. Peter Perry

#### Abstract

In the early 1980's, Kodama, Ablowitz and Satsuma, together with Santini, Ablowitz and Fokas, developed the formal inverse scattering theory of the Intermediate Long Wave (ILW) equation and explored its connections with the Benjamin-Ono (BO) and KdV equations. The ILW equation\begin{align*} u_t + \frac{1}{\delta} u_x + 2 u u_x + Tu_{xx} = 0, \end{align*} models the behavior of long internal gravitational waves in stratified fluids of depth $0< \delta < \infty$, where $T$ is a singular operator which depends on the depth $\delta$. In the limit $\delta \to 0$, the ILW reduces to the Korteweg de Vries (KdV) equation, and in the limit $\delta \to \infty$, the ILW (at least formally) reduces to the Benjamin-Ono (BO) equation.

While the KdV equation is very well understood, a rigorous analysis of inverse scattering for the ILW equation remains to be accomplished. There is currently no rigorous proof that the Inverse Scattering Transform outlined by Kodama \textit{et al.} solves the ILW, even for small data. In this dissertation, we seek to help ameliorate this gap in knowledge by presenting a mathematically rigorous construction of the direct scattering map for the ILW's Inverse Scattering Transform.

#### Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/etd.2020.499

#### Recommended Citation

Klipfel, Joel, "The Direct Scattering Map for the Intermediate Long Wave Equation" (2020). *Theses and Dissertations--Mathematics*. 78.

https://uknowledge.uky.edu/math_etds/78

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