Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Professor

Wen-Xiu Ma, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Catherine A. Bénéteau, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Mohamed Elhamdadi, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Sherwin Kouchekian, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Ivan Rothstein, Ph.D.


Higher order nonlinear Schrodinger equation, Inverse scattering, Reverse-time, Riemann-Hilbert problem, Soliton dynamics, Soliton solution


We first investigate the solvability of an integrable nonlinear nonlocal reverse-time six-component fourth-order AKNS system generated from a reduced coupled AKNS hierarchy under a reverse-time reduction. Riemann-Hilbert problems will be formulated by using the associated matrix spectral problems, and exact soliton solutions will be derived from the reflectionless case corresponding to an identity jump matrix. Secondly, we present the inverse scattering transform for solving a class of eight-component AKNS integrable equations obtained by a specific reduction associated with a block matrix spectral problem. The inverse scattering transform based on Riemann-Hilbert problems is presented along with a jump matrix taken to be the identity matrix to derive soliton solutions.

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