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Mathematics of Computation

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Why large time-stepping methods for the Cahn-Hilliard equation is stable
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Math. Comp. 91 (2022), 2501-2515 Request permission


We consider the Cahn-Hilliard equation with standard double-well potential. We employ a prototypical class of first order in time semi-implicit methods with implicit treatment of the linear dissipation term and explicit extrapolation of the nonlinear term. When the dissipation coefficient is held small, a conventional wisdom is to add a judiciously chosen stabilization term in order to afford relatively large time stepping and speed up the simulation. In practical numerical implementations it has been long observed that the resulting system exhibits remarkable stability properties in the regime where the stabilization parameter is $\mathcal O(1)$, the dissipation coefficient is vanishingly small and the size of the time step is moderately large. In this work we develop a new stability theory to address this perplexing phenomenon.
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  • Dong Li
  • Affiliation: SUSTech International Center for Mathematics, and Department of Mathematics, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China
  • MR Author ID: 723577
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-2367-4764
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  • Received by editor(s): March 3, 2022
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: March 20, 2022, April 2, 2022, and May 22, 2022
  • Published electronically: July 28, 2022
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  • Journal: Math. Comp. 91 (2022), 2501-2515
  • MSC (2020): Primary 35Q35
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  • MathSciNet review: 4473094