Well conditioned representation for high order finite elements

23 February 2021

For high order finite elements (continuous piecewise polynomials) the conditioning of the basis is important. However, so far there seems no generally accepted concept of "a well-conditioned basis”,  or a general strategy for how to obtain such representations. In this presentation, we use the $L^2$ condition number as a measure of the conditioning, and construct representations by frames such that the associated $L^2$ condition number is bounded independently of the polynomial degree. The main tools include the bubble transform, which is a stable decomposition of functions into local modes, and orthogonal polynomials on simplexes.  We also include a brief discussion on potential applications in preconditioning. This is a joint work with Ragnar Winther. 


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  • Numerical Analysis Group Internal Seminar