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Quasi-optimal and robust a posteriori error estimates in $L^\infty (L^2)$ for the approximation of Allen-Cahn equations past singularities
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Math. Comp. 80 (2011), 761-780 Request permission


Quasi-optimal a posteriori error estimates in $L^\infty (0,T;L^2(\Omega ))$ are derived for the finite element approximation of Allen-Cahn equations. The estimates depend on the inverse of a small parameter only in a low order polynomial and are valid past topological changes of the evolving interface. The error analysis employs an elliptic reconstruction of the approximate solution and applies to a large class of conforming, nonconforming, mixed, and discontinuous Galerkin methods. Numerical experiments illustrate the theoretical results.
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  • Sören Bartels
  • Affiliation: Institut für Numerische Simulation, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Wegelerstrasse 6, 53115 Bonn, Germany
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  • Rüdiger Müller
  • Affiliation: Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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  • Received by editor(s): May 13, 2009
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: February 1, 2010
  • Published electronically: November 18, 2010
  • © Copyright 2010 American Mathematical Society
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  • Journal: Math. Comp. 80 (2011), 761-780
  • MSC (2010): Primary 65M15, 65M50; Secondary 35K20
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  • MathSciNet review: 2772095