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dc.contributor.advisorSheng, Qin.
dc.contributor.authorRogers, James W., Jr.
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University. Dept. of Mathematics.en
dc.date.accessioned2008-03-03T17:35:23Z
dc.date.available2008-03-03T17:35:23Z
dc.date.copyright2007
dc.date.issued2008-03-03T17:35:23Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/5122
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 117-122).en
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation, we explore highly efficient and accurate finite difference methods for the numerical solution of variable coefficient partial differential equations arising in electromagnetic wave applications. We are particularly interested in the Helmholtz equation due to its importance in laser beam propagation simulations. The single lens environments we consider involve physical domains with subregions of differing indices of refraction. Coefficient values possess jump discontinuities at the interface between subregions. We construct novel numerical solution methods that avoid computational instability and maintain high accuracy near the interface. The first class of difference methods developed transforms the differential equation problem to a new boundary value problem for which a numerical solution can be readily computed on rectangular subregions with constant wavenumbers. The second class of numerical methods implemented combines adaptive domain transformation with coefficient smoothing to yield a boundary value problem well-suited for numerical solution on a uniform grid in the computational space. The resulting finite difference schemes do not have treat the grid points near the interface as a special case. A novel matrix analysis technique is implemented to examine the stability of these new methods. Computational verifications are carried out.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby James W. Rogers, Jr.en
dc.format.extentvii, 122 p. : ill.en
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dc.subjectElectromagnetic waves.en
dc.subjectHelmholtz equation.en
dc.subjectDifferential equations.en
dc.titleAdaptive methods for the Helmholtz equation with discontinuous coefficients at an interface.en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.degreePh.D.en
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide access.en
dc.rights.accessrightsAccess changed 5/24/11.
dc.contributor.departmentMathematics.en


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