Whitham hierarchy in growth problems

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We discuss the recently established equivalence between the Laplacian growth in the limit of zero surface tension and the universal Whitham hierarchy known in soliton theory. This equivalence allows distinguishing a class of exact solutions of the Laplacian growth problem in the multiply connected case. These solutions correspond to finite-dimensional reductions of the Whitham hierarchy representable as equations of hydrodynamic type, which are solvable by the generalized hodograph method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-182
Number of pages17
JournalTheoretical and Mathematical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Laplacian growth
  • Saffman-Taylor problem
  • Schwarz function
  • Whitham equations


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