Organizers: Juan Pablo Borthagaray, Ricardo Nochetto, Howard Elman
When: Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
Where: Math 3206
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  • Waves in viscoelastic media

    Speaker: Francisco-Javier Sayas (Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware) -

    When: Tue, September 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206

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    Abstract: I will explain ongoing work with my team (Tom Brown, Shukai Du, and Hasan Eruslu) on Finite Element simulation of elastic wave propagation in media that are modeled using a strain-to-stress relation that keeps track of the past evolution of the solid. The family of models I will discuss includes the classical (Zener) differential viscoelastic model, a fractional derivative version thereof, and combinations of the above with pure elastic behavior. The analysis will be presented using transfer function techniques, but I will explain how in some cases refined results can be found using techniques of semigroup theory.
  • Finite element approximation of nonconvex uniformly elliptic fully nonlinear equations

    Speaker: Abner J. Salgado (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) -

    When: Tue, September 12, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206

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    Abstract: We propose and analyze a two-scale finite element method for the Isaacs equation. By showing the consistency of the approximation and that the method satisfies the discrete maximum principle we establish convergence to the viscosity solution. By properly choosing each of the scales, and using the recently derived discrete Alexandrov Bakelman Pucci estimate we can deduce rates of convergence.
  • An angular momentum method for approximating wave maps into the sphere

    Speaker: Franziska Weber (Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park) -

    When: Tue, September 19, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206

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    Abstract: We present a convergent finite difference method for approximating wave maps into the sphere. The method is based on a reformulation of the second order wave map equation as a first order system by using the angular momentum as an auxiliary variable. This enables us to preserve the length constraint as well as the energy inherit in the system of equations at the discrete level. The method is shown to converge to a weak solution of the wave map equation as the discretization parameters go to zero. Moreover, it is fast in the sense that O(N log N) operations are required in each time step (where N is the number of grid cells) and a linear CFL-condition is sufficient for stability and convergence. The performance of the method is illustrated by numerical experiments.

    The method can be extended to a convergent scheme for the damped wave map equation and the heat map flow. If time permits, I will also discuss possible extensions of the method to applications for liquid crystal dynamics.
  • An optimal adaptive Fictitious Domain Method

    Speaker: Rob Stevenson (University of Amsterdam) -

    When: Thu, October 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206

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    Abstract: We consider a Fictitious Domain formulation of an elliptic PDE, and solve the arising saddle-point problem by an inexact preconditioned Uzawa iteration.
    Solving the arising `inner' elliptic problems with an adaptive finite element method, we prove that the overall method converges with the best possible rate.
    So far our results apply to two-dimensional domains and lowest order finite elements (continuous piecewise linears on the fictitious domain, and piecewise constants on the boundary of the physical domain).

    Joint work with S. Berrone (Torino), A. Bonito (Texas A&M), and M. Verani (Milano).
  • Adaptive Higher-Order Finite Element Simulations for the Time-Harmonic Maxwell Equations

    Speaker: Matthias Maier (University of Minnesota) -

    When: Tue, October 10, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206

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    Abstract: In the terahertz frequency range, the effective (complex-valued) surface conductivity of atomically thick 2D materials such as graphene has a positive imaginary part that is considerably larger than the real part. This feature allows for the propagation of slowly decaying electromagnetic waves, called surface plasmon-polaritons (SPPs), that are confined near the material interface with wavelengths much shorter than the wavelength of the free-space radiation. SPPs are promising ingredients in the design of novel optical applications promising "subwavelength optics" beyond the diffraction limit. There is a compelling need for controllable numerical schemes which, placed on firm mathematical grounds, can reliably describe SPPs in a variety of geometries.

    In this talk we present a higher-order finite element approach for the simulation of SPP structures on a conducting sheet, excited by a plane-wave or electric Hertzian dipole sources. Aspects of the numerical treatment such as absorbing, perfectly matched layers, local refinement and a-posteriori error control are discussed. Corresponding analytical results are briefly presented as well.
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    Speaker: Shawn Walker (Louisiana State University) -

    When: Tue, October 17, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
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    Speaker: Jie Shen (Purdue University) -

    When: Tue, October 24, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Adaptive FEM for the fractional Laplacian: a priori and a posteriori error estimates, efficient implementation and multigrid solver

    Speaker: Christian Glusa (Sandia National Laboratories) -

    When: Tue, October 31, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206

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    Abstract: We explore the connection between fractional order partial differential
    equations in two or more spatial dimensions with boundary integral
    operators to develop techniques that enable one to efficiently tackle
    the integral fractional Laplacian. We develop all of the components
    needed to construct an adaptive finite element code that can be used to
    approximate fractional partial differential equations, on non-trivial
    domains in \(d\geq 1\) dimensions. Our main approach consists of taking
    tools that have been shown to be effective for adaptive boundary element
    methods and, where necessary, modifying them so that they can be applied
    to the fractional PDE case. Improved a priori error estimates are
    derived for the case of quasi-uniform meshes which are seen to deliver
    sub-optimal rates of convergence owing to the presence of singularities.
    Attention is then turned to the development of an a posteriori error
    estimate and error indicators which are suitable for driving an adaptive
    refinement procedure. We assume that the resulting refined meshes are
    locally quasi-uniform and develop efficient methods for the assembly of
    the resulting linear algebraic systems and their solution using
    iterative methods, including the multigrid method. The storage of the
    dense matrices along with efficient techniques for computing the dense
    matrix vector products needed for the iterative solution is also
    considered. Importantly, the approximation does not make any strong
    assumptions on the shape of the underlying domain and does not rely on
    any special structure of the matrix that could be exploited by fast
    transforms. The performance and efficiency of the resulting algorithm is
    illustrated for a variety of examples.

    This is joint work with Mark Ainsworth, Brown University.
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    Speaker: Simon Foucart (Texas A&M University) -

    When: Tue, November 7, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
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    Speaker: Alex Townsend (Cornell University) -

    When: Tue, November 14, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
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    Speaker: Mert Gurbuzbalaban (Rutgers University) -

    When: Tue, November 28, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206