TY - JOUR

T1 - Boundary value problems in spaces of distributions on smooth and polygonal domains

AU - Babuška, Ivo

AU - Nistor, Victor

N1 - Copyright:
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PY - 2008/8/15

Y1 - 2008/8/15

N2 - We study boundary value problems of the form - Δ u = f on Ω and Bu = g on the boundary ∂ Ω, with either Dirichlet or Neumann boundary conditions, where Ω is a smooth bounded domain in Rn and the data f, g are distributions. This problem has to be first properly reformulated and, for practical applications, it is of crucial importance to obtain the continuity of the solution u in terms of f and g. For f = 0, taking advantage of the fact that u is harmonic on Ω, we provide four formulations of this boundary value problem (one using nontangential limits of harmonic functions, one using Green functions, one using the Dirichlet-to-Neumann map, and a variational one); we show that these four formulations are equivalent. We provide a similar analysis for f ≠ 0 and discuss the roles of f and g, which turn to be somewhat interchangeable in the low regularity case. The weak formulation is more convenient for numerical approximation, whereas the nontangential limits definition is closer to the intuition and easier to check in concrete situations. We extend the weak formulation to polygonal domains using weighted Sobolev spaces. We also point out some new phenomena for the "concentrated loads" at the vertices in the polygonal case.

AB - We study boundary value problems of the form - Δ u = f on Ω and Bu = g on the boundary ∂ Ω, with either Dirichlet or Neumann boundary conditions, where Ω is a smooth bounded domain in Rn and the data f, g are distributions. This problem has to be first properly reformulated and, for practical applications, it is of crucial importance to obtain the continuity of the solution u in terms of f and g. For f = 0, taking advantage of the fact that u is harmonic on Ω, we provide four formulations of this boundary value problem (one using nontangential limits of harmonic functions, one using Green functions, one using the Dirichlet-to-Neumann map, and a variational one); we show that these four formulations are equivalent. We provide a similar analysis for f ≠ 0 and discuss the roles of f and g, which turn to be somewhat interchangeable in the low regularity case. The weak formulation is more convenient for numerical approximation, whereas the nontangential limits definition is closer to the intuition and easier to check in concrete situations. We extend the weak formulation to polygonal domains using weighted Sobolev spaces. We also point out some new phenomena for the "concentrated loads" at the vertices in the polygonal case.

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U2 - 10.1016/j.cam.2007.04.038

DO - 10.1016/j.cam.2007.04.038

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:44449119430

VL - 218

SP - 137

EP - 148

JO - Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics

JF - Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics

SN - 0377-0427

IS - 1

ER -