Time Domain Integral Equations for Computational Wave Propagation

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 15:30

704 Thackeray Hall

Speaker Information
Peter Monk
University of Delaware

Abstract or Additional Information

Scattering problems for the wave equation or Maxwell's equations can be solved in the frequency or time domain.  In the frequency domain both finite element and boundary integral methods are in common use, and their relative strengths and weaknesses are well understood. In the time domain theprinciple technique is the finite difference time domain method, and time domain integral equations are much less widely used.  However, timedomain integral equations have become much more popular in recent years, although they still represent a considerable coding challenge. This can be mitigated by using the convolution quadrature approach (CQ).
I shall outline the CQ method applied to the wave  equation using the problem of computing waves scattered by a penetrable object as a model problem.  After discussing some properties of the scheme, I shall present numerical results computed using a Fourier basis.  I shall also comment on applications in electromagnetism.