Volume 24, Issue 3
Nonstandard Fourier Pseudospectral Time Domain (PSTD) Schemes for Partial Differential Equations

Bradley E. Treeby ,  Elliott S. Wise and B. T. Cox


Commun. Comput. Phys., 24 (2018), pp. 623-634.

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  • Abstract

A class of nonstandard pseudospectral time domain (PSTD) schemes for solving time-dependent hyperbolic and parabolic partial differential equations (PDEs) is introduced. These schemes use the Fourier collocation spectral method to compute spatial gradients and a nonstandard finite difference scheme to integrate forwards in time. The modified denominator function that makes the finite difference time scheme exact is transformed into the spatial frequency domain or k-space using the dispersion relation for the governing PDE. This allows the correction factor to be applied in the spatial frequency domain as part of the spatial gradient calculation. The derived schemes can be formulated to be unconditionally stable, and apply to PDEs in any space dimension. Examples of the resulting nonstandard PSTD schemes for several PDEs are given, including the wave equation, diffusion equation, and convectiondiffusion equation.

  • History

Published online: 2018-05

  • AMS Subject Headings

65M70, 65M06, 65M80

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