University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Approximate momentum conservation for spatial semidiscretizations of semilinear wave equations

Oliver, M, West, M and Wulff, C (2004) Approximate momentum conservation for spatial semidiscretizations of semilinear wave equations NUMERISCHE MATHEMATIK, 97 (3). 493 - 535. ISSN 0029-599X

[img]
Preview
PDF
fulltext.pdf

Download (546Kb)

Abstract

We prove that a standard second order finite difference uniform space discretization of the semilinear wave equation with periodic boundary conditions, analytic nonlinearity, and analytic initial data conserves momentum up to an error which is exponentially small in the stepsize. Our estimates are valid for as long as the trajectories of the full semilinear wave equation remain real analytic. The method of proof is that of backward error analysis, whereby we construct a modified equation which is itself Lagrangian and translation invariant, and therefore also conserves momentum. This modified equation interpolates the semidiscrete system for all time, and we prove that it remains exponentially close to the trigonometric interpolation of the semidiscrete system. These properties directly imply approximate momentum conservation for the semidiscrete system. We also consider discretizations that are not variational as well as discretizations on non-uniform grids. Through numerical example as well as arguments from geometric mechanics and perturbation theory we show that such methods generically do not approximately preserve momentum.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Applied, Mathematics, BACKWARD ERROR ANALYSIS, VARIATIONAL INTEGRATORS, NUMERICAL INTEGRATORS, GEVREY REGULARITY, PDES
Related URLs:
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:40
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:32
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1360

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year


Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800