Graduate Seminar, S4B1 - Nonlinear Fourier Transform, WS 2012

Organizers: Prof. Dr. C. Thiele, Dr. D. Oliveira e Silva


The nonlinear Fourier transform and Fourier series is a basic model for a type of analysis done in many parts of mathematics, related key words are scattering transform, orthogonal polynomials, Schur's algorithm, Riemann Hilbert problems, integrable systems, operator theory. This seminar will present an introduction to the theory that runs parallel to the usual basic development of linear Fourier analysis, with particular emphasis on intricacies in the nonlinear setting that occur on the space of square summable sequences. For interested students the seminar may lead to a Master thesis assignment. Due to the foundational nature of the seminar, it is also an excellent addition for students interested in related fields such as mathematical physics or integrable nonlinear equations.


We meet once a week during the winter semester , Mo 14ct-16 In the first session we will make assignments from the list of chapters below. Students having been unable to attend the session on Monday Oct 8 have still time to enroll until October 15 please contact me if you are interested. Participants will then present their assignments throughout the semester. Students interested may request an examination for credit. Students unable to come to the first meeting should contact thiele at

Script :

We use some preprint notes by Tao, T., Tsai found here: NLFT Preprint

Assignments :

The following are a tentative list of assigments. Further topics will be provided as needed, participants are welcome to suggest further related topics.
Group A:

  1. Nonlinear Fourier series, finite case and l1 case
    pages 3-11
    [presenter: Diogo]
  2. Nonlinear Fourier series, l2 on half line
    pages 16-26
    [presenter: Christian]
  3. NLFS in l2, full line, forward map
    pages 27-36
    [presenter: Joris]
  4. NLFS in l2, full line, existence of inverse
    pages 36-44
    [presenter: Stefan]
  5. NLFS inverse of rational data
    pages 44-55
    [presenter: Polona]
Group B:

  1. Scattering theory I
    pages 107-117
    [presenter: Angkana]
  2. Scattering theory 2
    pages 117-126
    [presenter: Tobias]
  3. A flag of Hilbert spaces
    pages 126-137
    [presenter: Shaoming]
  4. Triple factorization
    pages 138-144
    [presenter: Jordan]
Group C:

  1. SU(2) NLFS half line case
    pages 156-169
    [presenter: Krzsysztof]
  2. SU(2) NLFS, rational data
    pages 16-26
    [presenter: Zhong]

Letzte Änderung: 8.10.2012