Journal of Scientific Computing

, Volume 22, Issue 1–3, pp 443–477 | Cite as

A Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Linear Symmetric Hyperbolic Systems in Inhomogeneous Media



The Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method provides a powerful tool for approximating hyperbolic problems. Here we derive a new space-time DG method for linear time dependent hyperbolic problems written as a symmetric system (including the wave equation and Maxwell’s equations). The main features of the scheme are that it can handle inhomogeneous media, and can be time-stepped by solving a sequence of small linear systems resulting from applying the method on small collections of space-time elements. We show that the method is stable provided the space-time grid is appropriately constructed (this corresponds to the usual time-step restriction for explicit methods, but applied locally) and give an error analysis of the scheme. We also provide some simple numerical tests of the algorithm applied to the wave equation in two space dimensions (plus time).


Discontinuous Galerkin finite elements hyperbolic explicit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

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