On the algebro-geometric integration of the Schlesinger equations

P. Deift, A. Its, A. Kapaev, X. Zhou

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A new approach to the construction of isomonodromy deformations of 2 × 2 Fuchsian systems is presented. The method is based on a combination of the algebro-geometric scheme and Riemann-Hilbert approach of the theory of integrable systems. For a given number 2g + 1, g ≥ 1, of finite (regular) singularities, the method produces a 2g-parameter submanifold of the Fuchsian monodromy data for which the relevant Riemann-Hilbert problem can be solved in closed form via the Baker-Akhiezer function technique. This in turn leads to a 2g-parameter family of solutions of the corresponding Schlesinger equations, explicitly described in terms of Riemann theta functions of genus g. In the case g = 1 the solution found coincides with the general elliptic solution of the particular case of the Painlevé VI equation first obtained by N. J. Hitchin [H1].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-633
Number of pages21
JournalCommunications In Mathematical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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