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For the (2 + 1)-dimensional Broer-Kaup system, we study the corresponding Lie symmetry groups, and obtain the symmetry group theorem and the Backlund transformation formula of solutions finding. At the same time, we find some new exact solutions of the (2 + 1)-dimensional Broer-Kaup system and extend the results in the papers [1-4].

Many non-linear phenomena, such as the non-linear waves in fluid mechanics, the laser phenomenon in non-linear optics and the non-linear behaviors in the field of plasma, can be described by the non-linear partial differential equations (systems). Therefore quite naturally, solving these non-linear partial differential equations (systems) and articulating the characteristics of the solutions become an important topic of investigation for a large number of mathematicians and physicists. In paper [

Thence studies by a number of scholars appeared, investigating this system. Paper [

Lie-group method is a powerful tool in the investigation of non-linear partial differential equations (systems) [

In order to simplify the calculation, we make the transformation, substituting it into system (1) we obtain:

As a result, we transform the discussion of BK system (1) into the investigation of Equation (2). Suppose Equation (2) has the following form of solution:

in which, , are undetermined functions. Also, function of its independent variables is required to satisfy similar Equation (2), that is, to satisfy the following equation:

Now the prime task is to determine the undetermined functions in Equation (3). Substitute Equations (3) and (4) into Equation (2), and in the meanwhile let the coefficients of the partial derivatives in be zero. We are able to obtain the following system:

Solve the above over-determined equations we obtain the following results:

where and, , are arbitrary smooth functions.

From above we can sum up and arrive at the main conclusion of this paper, that is:

Theorem: if is a solution to Equation (4), then

is also a solution to Equation (1), in which and, , are arbitrary smooth functions determined by Equations (5) and (6).

From the derived theorem we know that the symmetry group of Equation (2) is constituted by two parts; one is the Lie point symmetry group when; the other the Lie point symmetry group reflection Lie group of _{ }when, which is obtained by the Lie point symmetry transformation. In order to analyze and compare the obtained Lie point symmetry group of Equation (2) and the result obtained from standard symmetry group method, we derive the following from Equations (5) and (6):

here an infinitesimal, , , are arbitrary functions. Therefore from Equation (7) we can obtain:

in which is the symmetry of Equation (2), its corresponding group generator (vector field) is:

where

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From calculation we know that the generator (8) of the Lie point symmetry group is the same as the result obtained from standard Lie group method, here we are not going to discuss in details. However, what needs to be pointed out is that the corresponding transformation group determined by Equation (7) has become non-Lie point symmetry group.

We can see from the established symmetry group theorem that we have already obtained the Backlund transformation formula of finding solutions (7) for system (1). By taking some known solutions from the Broer-Kaupequation as seed solutions, we are able to find numerous new exact solutions to the BK system by use of Equation (7). The form of such solutions is as following:

here, , ,. is the equation’s solution of arbitrary form. Next we are going to demonstrate the application of the formula. Take the solution of the following form from paper [

where, ,. When n = 1, , , we are enabled to obtain the soliton solution of the BK equation:

Substitute in (9) with Equation (10) as a seed solution, in which, , ,. Then we are able to obtain a new solution to Equation (9) as following:

If we take other solutions in papers [3-6] as seed solutions, by the same token we will be able to obtain corresponding new exact solutions to BK system (1) by the use of Equation (7); in this paper we are not going to list them out. As a conclusion, regarding the exact solutions to equation system (1), we extend the results of paper [3-6].

This paper through application of the simple direct reduction method discusses the Lie point symmetry group and non-Lie symmetry group of the (2 + 1)-dimensional Broer-Kaup system (1) and obtains the Backlund transformation formula of solutions finding. Helped by the main theorem at which we arrived, we are enabled to

generate a large number of new exact solutions to the BK system. From the figures given we can see that although there is no substantial change in the overall structure of the solutions, the regional changing characteristic in the new solutions is obviously more remarkable.

This paper was completed during the visit at Liaocheng University; the author (Zheng Bin) would like to sincerely thank the Faculty of Mathematics of Liaocheng University for providing generous assistant.