Analysis of spectral methods for the homogeneous Boltzmann equation

Francis Filbet, Clément Mouhot

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The development of accurate and fast algorithms for the Boltzmann collision integral and their analysis represent a challenging problem in scientific computing and numerical analysis. Recently, several works were devoted to the derivation of spectrally accurate schemes for the Boltzmann equation, but very few of them were concerned with the stability analysis of the method. In particular there was no result of stability except when the method was modified in order to enforce the positivity preservation, which destroys the spectral accuracy. In this paper we propose a new method to study the stability of homogeneous Boltzmann equations perturbed by smoothed balanced operators which do not preserve positivity of the distribution. This method takes advantage of the "spreading" property of the collision, together with estimates on regularity and entropy production. As an application we prove stability and convergence of spectral methods for the Boltzmann equation, when the discretization parameter is large enough (with explicit bound). © 2010 American Mathematical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1947-1947
Number of pages1
JournalTransactions of the American Mathematical Society
Issue number04
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUK-I1-007-43
Acknowledgements: The first author would like to express his gratitude to the ANR JCJC-0136 MNEC (Methode Numerique pour les Equations Cinetiques) and to the ERC StG #239983 (NuSiKiMo) for funding.The second author would like to thank Cambridge University who provided repeated hospitality in 2009 thanks to the Award No. KUK-I1-007-43, funded by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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