Semilinear Hyperbolic Systems in one Space Dimension with Strongly Singular Initial Data
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In this article interactions of singularities in semilinear hyperbolic partial differential equations in R^2 are studied. Consider a simple non-linear system of three equations with derivatives of Dirac delta functions as initial data. As the micro-local linear theory prescribes, the initial singularities propagate along forward bicharacteristics. But there are also anomalous singularities created when these characteristics intersect. Their regularity satisfies the following ``sum law'': the ``strength'' of the anomalous singularity equals the sum of the ``strengths'' of the incoming singularities. Hence the solution to the system becomes more singular as time progresses.