Friday, May 4, 2012

1205.0543 (Hao Wu et al.)

Gaussian Beam Methods for the Dirac Equation in the Semi-classical

Hao Wu, Zhongyi Huang, Shi Jin, Dongsheng Yin
The Dirac equation is an important model in relativistic quantum mechanics. In the semi-classical regime $\epsilon\ll1$, even a spatially spectrally accurate time splitting method \cite{HuJi:05} requires the mesh size to be $O(\epsilon)$, which makes the direct simulation extremely expensive. In this paper, we present the Gaussian beam method for the Dirac equation. With the help of an eigenvalue decomposition, the Gaussian beams can be independently evolved along each eigenspace and summed to construct an approximate solution of the Dirac equation. Moreover, the proposed Eulerian Gaussian beam keeps the advantages of constructing the Hessian matrices by simply using level set functions' derivatives. Finally, several numerical examples show the efficiency and accuracy of the method.
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