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Time integration methods for non-autonomous evolution equations

  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Mechthild Thalhammer
  • Place: Seminar room 1.067, Building 20.30
  • Time: 9.2.2017, 14:00 - 15:00
  • Invited by: CRC 1173


In this talk, I shall introduce the class of commutator-free quasi-Magnus exponential integrators for non-autonomous linear evolution equations and identify different areas of application.

Commutator-free quasi-Magnus exponential integrators are (formally) given by a composition of several exponentials that comprise certain linear combinations of the values of the defining operator at specified nodes. Avoiding the costly evaluation of commutators, they provide a favourable alternative to standard Magnus integrators, in particular for large-scale applications.

Non-autonomous linear evolution equations also arise as a part of more complex problems, for instance in connection with nonlinear evolution equations of the form u'(t) = A(t) u(t) + B(u(t)). A natural approach is thus to apply operator splitting methods combined with commutator-free quasi-Magnus exponential integrators. Relevant applications include Schrödinger equations with space-time-dependent potential describing Bose-Einstein condensation or diffusion-reaction systems with additional multiplicative noise modelling pattern formation.