174 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    174 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    Introduction to Traveling Waves is an invitation to research focused on traveling waves for undergraduate and masters level students. Traveling waves are not typically covered in the undergraduate curriculum, and topics related to traveling waves are usually only covered in research papers, except for a few texts designed for students. This book includes techniques that are not covered in those texts.

    Through their experience involving undergraduate and graduate students in a research topic related to traveling waves, the authors found that the main difficulty is to provide reading materials that contain the background information sufficient to start a research project without an expectation of an extensive list of prerequisites beyond regular undergraduate coursework. This book meets that need and serves as an entry point into research topics about the existence and stability of traveling waves.


    • Self-contained, step-by-step introduction to nonlinear waves written assuming minimal prerequisites, such as an undergraduate course on linear algebra and differential equations.
    • Suitable as a textbook for a special topics course, or as supplementary reading for courses on modeling.
    • Contains numerous examples to support the theoretical material.
    • Supplementary MATLAB codes available via GitHub.

    1. Nonlinear Traveling Waves. 1.1. Traveling Waves. 1.2. Reaction-Diffusion Equations. 1.3. Traveling Waves as Solutions of Reaction-Diffusion Equations. 1.4. Planar Waves. 1.5. Examples of Reaction-Diffusion Equations. 1.6. Other Partial Differential Equations that Support Waves. 2. Systems of Reaction-Diffusion Equations posed on Infinite Domains. 2.1. Systems of Reaction-Diffusion Equations. 2.2. Examples of Reaction-Diffusion Systems. 3. Existence of Fronts, Pulses, and Wavetrains. 3.1. Traveling Waves as Orbits in the Associated Dynamical Systems. 3.2. Dynamical Systems Approach: Equilibrium Points. 3.3. Existence of Fronts in Fisher-KPP Equation: Trapping Region Technique. 3.4. Existence of Fronts in Solid Fuel Combustion Model. 3.5. Wavetrains. 4. Stability of Fronts and Pulses. 4.1. Stability: Introduction. 4.2. A Heuristic Presentation of Spectral Stability for Front and Pulse Traveling Wave Solutions. 4.3. Location of the Point Spectrum. 4.4. Beyond Spectral Stability.


    Anna R. Ghazaryan is a Professor of Mathematics at Miami University, Oxford, OH. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the Ohio State University. She is an applied analyst with research interests in applied dynamical systems, more precisely, traveling waves and their stability.

    Stéphane Lafortune is Professor of Mathematics at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the Université de Montréal and Université Paris VII in 2000. He is an applied mathematician who works on nonlinear waves phenomena. More precisely, he is interested in the theory of integrable systems and in the problems of existence and stability of solutions to nonlinear partial differential equations.

    Vahagn Manukian is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Miami University. He obtained a M.A. Degree Mathematics from SUNY at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Ohio State University in 2005. Vahagn Manukian uses dynamical systems methods such as local and global bifurcation theory to analyze singularly perturbed nonlinear reaction diffusions systems that model natural phenomena.

    "The authors [. . .] seem inclined to let the subject speak for itself. Students who get motivated to study traveling waves would find the book attractive. The authors do a creditable job of filling in the background material, working through it in detail, and offering effective guidance to the student.

    The book would work as a text for a special topics course, or as supplementary reading for a PDE course. Supporting MATLAB codes (and a specialized STABLAB library for stability analysis) are provided through GitHub."
    - MAA Reviews, MAA