Numerical Analysis of a 2d Singularly Perturbed Semilinear Reaction-Diffusion Problem

  • Natalia Kopteva
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5434)


A semilinear reaction-diffusion equation with multiple solutions is considered in a smooth two-dimensional domain. Its diffusion parameter ε 2 is arbitrarily small, which induces boundary layers. We extend the numerical method and its maximum norm error analysis of the paper [N. Kopteva: Math. Comp. 76 (2007) 631–646], in which a parametrization of the boundary \(\partial\Omega\) is assumed to be known, to a more practical case when the domain is defined by an ordered set of boundary points. It is shown that, using layer-adapted meshes, one gets second-order convergence in the discrete maximum norm, uniformly in ε for ε ≤ Ch. Here h > 0 is the maximum side length of mesh elements, while the number of mesh nodes does not exceed Ch − 2. Numerical results are presented that support our theoretical error estimates.


Mesh Node Polygonal Domain Singularly Perturb Shishkin Mesh Approximate Curvature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia Kopteva
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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