Local multiple traces formulation for high-frequency scattering problems

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Abstract We present an efficient method to solve high-frequency scattering problems by heterogeneous penetrable objects in two dimensions. This is achieved by extending the so-called Local Multiple Traces Formulation, introduced recently by Hiptmair and Jerez-Hanckes, to purely spectral discretizations employing weighted Chebyshev polynomials. Together with regularization strategies to handle boundary integral operators singularities, matrix entries are quickly computed via the Fast Fourier Transform. The resulting Fredholm first-kind formulation is free from spurious resonances, and though ill-conditioned, it possesses built-in Calderón-type preconditioners. Numerical results obtained for different settings validate our claims and greatly motivate future research in this direction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9952
Pages (from-to)306-321
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Computational and Applied Mathematics
StatePublished - 3 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Boundary integral equations
  • High-frequency scattering
  • Multiple traces formulation
  • Preconditioning
  • Spectral elements


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