A quasi-optimal error estimate for a discrete singularly perturbed approximation to the prescribed curvature problem

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Abstract

Solutions of the so-called prescribed curvature problem $\min_{A\subseteq\Omega} P_\Omega (A) - \int_A g(x)$, g being the curvature field, are approximated via a singularly perturbed elliptic PDE of bistable type. For nondegenerate relative minimizers $A \subset\subset \Omega$ we prove an $O(\epsilon^2|\log\epsilon|^2)$ error estimate (where $\epsilon$ stands for the perturbation parameter), and show that this estimate is quasi-optimal. The proof is based on the construction of accurate barriers suggested by formal asymptotics. This analysis is next extended to a finite element discretization of the PDE to prove the same error estimate for discrete minima.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-67
Number of pages23
JournalMathematics of Computation
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • elliptic partial differential equations
  • prescribed curvature
  • syngular perturbation

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