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Recent progress in integral equation methods

PDE and Applied Math Seminar

Speaker: James Bremer, UC Davis
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Tue, Apr 17 2012, 3:10PM

Despite offering significant advantages over more direct approaches, integral equation methods are not widely used for the numerical solution of elliptic boundary value problems. This is due to several unresolved engineering issues which hamper the competitiveness of integral equation methods. In this talk, I will describe several of these unresolved issues and discuss one in detail. In particular, I will focus on recent work regarding the numerical solution of integral equations given on domains with singularities. Solutions of integral equations arising from elliptic boundary value problems given on irregular domains often exhibit singularities which are more severe than those of the solution of the original equation. This is sometimes cited as a serious drawback of integral equation methods. In fact, as I will show, it turns out to be essentially harmless.