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A priori error estimates of regularized elliptic problems

TitleA priori error estimates of regularized elliptic problems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsHeltai, L, Lei, W
JournalNumerische Mathematik
ISBN Number0945-3245

Approximations of the Dirac delta distribution are commonly used to create sequences of smooth functions approximating nonsmooth (generalized) functions, via convolution. In this work we show a-priori rates of convergence of this approximation process in standard Sobolev norms, with minimal regularity assumptions on the approximation of the Dirac delta distribution. The application of these estimates to the numerical solution of elliptic problems with singularly supported forcing terms allows us to provide sharp \$\$H\^1\$\$and \$\$L\^2\$\$error estimates for the corresponding regularized problem. As an application, we show how finite element approximations of a regularized immersed interface method results in the same rates of convergence of its non-regularized counterpart, provided that the support of the Dirac delta approximation is set to a multiple of the mesh size, at a fraction of the implementation complexity. Numerical experiments are provided to support our theories.


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