Normal form for the symmetry-breaking bifurcation in the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. (English) Zbl 1251.35153

Summary: We derive and justify a normal form reduction of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation for a general pitchfork bifurcation of the symmetric bound state that occurs in a double-well symmetric potential. We prove persistence of normal form dynamics for both supercritical and subcritical pitchfork bifurcations in the time-dependent solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation over long but finite time intervals.


35Q55 NLS equations (nonlinear Schrödinger equations)
81Q05 Closed and approximate solutions to the Schrödinger, Dirac, Klein-Gordon and other equations of quantum mechanics
35B32 Bifurcations in context of PDEs
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