A singular field method for the solution of Maxwell's equations

Anne-Sophie Bonnet-BenDhia, Christophe Hazard and Stéphanie Lohrengel
Publication type:
Paper in peer-reviewed journals
SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, vol. 59(6), pp. 2028-2044
It is well known that in the case of a regular domain the solution of the time-harmonic Maxwell's equations allows a discretization by means of nodal finite elements: this is achieved by solving a regularized problem similar to the vector Helmholtz equation. The present paper deals with the same problem in the case of a nonconvex polyhedron. It is shown that a nodal finite element method does not approximate in general the solution to Maxwell's equations, but actually the solution to a neighboring variational problem involving a different function space. Indeed, the solution to Maxwell's equations presents singularities near the edges and corners of the domain that cannot be approximated by Lagrange finite elements. A new method is proposed involving the decomposition of the solution field into a regular part that can be treated numerically by nodal finite elements and a singular part that has to be taken into account explicitly. This singular field method is presented in various situations such as electric and magnetic boundary conditions, inhomogeneous media, and regions with screens. Copyright © 1999 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
    author={Anne-Sophie Bonnet-BenDhia and Christophe Hazard and 
           Stéphanie Lohrengel },
    title={A singular field method for the solution of Maxwell's 
           equations },
    doi={10.1137/S0036139997323383 },
    journal={SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics },
    year={1999 },
    volume={59(6) },