The group-theoretical interpretation of the sine-Gordon equation in terms of connection forms on fiber bundles is extended to the discrete case. Solutions of the discrete sine-Gordon equation induce surfaces on a lattice in the SU(2) group space. The inverse scattering representation, expressing the parallel transport of fibers, is implemented by means of finite rotations. Discrete Bäcklund transformations are realized as gauge transformations. The three-dimensional inverse scattering representation is used to derive a discrete nonlinear model, and the corresponding Bäcklund transformation and Pohlmeyer's R transformation are constructed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)