Recent results using inverse scattering techniques interpret every solution φ(x, y) of the sine-Gordon equation as a nonlinear superposition of solutions along the axes x=0 and y=0. This has a well-known geometric interpretation, namely that every weakly regular surface of Gauss curvature K=-1, in arc length asymptotic line parametrization, is uniquely determined by the values φ(x, 0) and φ(0, y) of its coordinate angle along the axes. We introduce a generalized Weierstrass representation of pseudospherical surfaces that depends only on these values, and we explicitely construct the associated family of pseudospherical immersions corresponding to it.
- Generalized Weierstrass representation
- Loop algebra
- Loop group
- Pseudospherical surface