Preprint 21/2002

Existence of H-Matrix Approximants to the Inverse FE-Matrix of Elliptic Operators with L-Coefficients

Mario Bebendorf and Wolfgang Hackbusch

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Submission date: 28. Feb. 2002
Pages: 19
published in: Numerische Mathematik, 95 (2003) 1, p. 1-28 
DOI number (of the published article): 10.1007/s00211-002-0445-6
Bibtex
MSC-Numbers: 35C20, 65F05, 65F50, 65N30
Keywords and phrases: hierarchical matrices, inverse fe-matrix, jumping coefficients, green's function
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Abstract:
This article deals with the existence of blockwise low-rank approximants -- so-called formula11-matrices -- to inverses of FEM matrices in the case of uniformly elliptic operators with formula13-coefficients. Unlike operators arising from boundary element methods for which the formula11-matrix theory has been extensively developed, the inverses of these operators do not benefit from the smoothness of the kernel function. However, it will be shown that the corresponding Green functions can be approximated by degenerate functions giving rise to the existence of blockwise low-rank approximants of FEM inverses. Numerical examples confirm the correctness of our estimates. As a side-product we analyse the formula11-matrix property of the inverse of the FE mass matrix.

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