Ultradiscrete QRT maps and tropical elliptic curves

Atsushi Nobe*

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It is shown that the polygonal invariant curve of the ultradiscrete QRT (uQRT) map, which is a two-dimensional piecewise linear integrable map, is the complement of the tentacles of a tropical elliptic curve on which the curve has a group structure in analogy to classical elliptic curves. Through the addition formula of a tropical elliptic curve, a tropical geometric description of the uQRT map is then presented. This is a natural tropicalization of the geometry of the QRT map found by Tsuda. Moreover, the uQRT map is linearized on the tropical Jacobian of the corresponding tropical elliptic curve in terms of the Abel-Jacobi map. Finally, a formula concerning the period of a point in the uQRT map is given, and an exact solution to its initial-value problem is constructed by using the ultradiscrete elliptic theta function.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125205
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar 28
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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