An embedded boundary method for the wave equation with discontinuous coefficients

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A second order accurate embedded boundary method for the two-dimensional wave equation with discontinuous wave propagation speed is described. The wave equation is discretized on a Cartesian grid with constant grid size and the interface (across which the wave speed is discontinuous) is allowed to intersect the mesh in an arbitrary fashion. By using ghost points on either side of the interface, previous embedded boundary techniques for the Neumann and Dirichlet problems are generalized to satisfy the jump conditions across the interface to second order accuracy. The resulting discretization of the jump conditions has the desirable property that each ghost ... continued below

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Kreiss, H O & Petersson, N A September 26, 2005.

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A second order accurate embedded boundary method for the two-dimensional wave equation with discontinuous wave propagation speed is described. The wave equation is discretized on a Cartesian grid with constant grid size and the interface (across which the wave speed is discontinuous) is allowed to intersect the mesh in an arbitrary fashion. By using ghost points on either side of the interface, previous embedded boundary techniques for the Neumann and Dirichlet problems are generalized to satisfy the jump conditions across the interface to second order accuracy. The resulting discretization of the jump conditions has the desirable property that each ghost point can be updated independently of all other ghost points, resulting in a fully explicit time-integration method. Numerical examples are given where the method is used to study electro-magnetic scattering of a plane wave by a dielectric cylinder. The numerical solutions are evaluated against the analytical solution due to Mie, and point-wise second order accuracy is confirmed.

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  • Journal Name: SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing, vol. 28, n/a, December 5, 2006, pp. 2054-2074

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JRNL-215702
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 899432
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Kreiss, H O & Petersson, N A. An embedded boundary method for the wave equation with discontinuous coefficients, article, September 26, 2005; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc881768/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.