PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:The fractional differential operators on bounded domains as special cases of the nonlocal diffusion operator
Seminar:Computational and Applied Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:Marta D'Elia, Sandia Nat. Lab.
Abstract Link:http://sites.google.com/site/martadeliawebsite/Home
Abstract:
In this talk we analyze a nonlocal diffusion operator having as special cases the fractional Laplacian and fractional differential operators that arise in several applications. In our analysis, a recently developed nonlocal vector calculus is exploited to define a weak formulation of the nonlocal problem. We demonstrate that, when sufficient conditions on certain kernel functions hold, the solution of the nonlocal diffusion equation converges to the solution of the fractional Laplacian equation on bounded domains as the nonlocal interactions become infinite. We also introduce a continuous Galerkin finite element discretization of the nonlocal weak formulation and we derive a priori error estimates. Through several numerical examples we illustrate the theoretical results and we show that by solving the nonlocal problem it is possible to obtain accurate approximations of the solutions of fractional differential equations circumventing the problem of treating infinite-volume constraints.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:11 / 18 / 2013
Time:02:30pm - 03:30pm