Weekly Seminar
Stability and Convergence Analysis of the Fourier-Galerkin Spectral Method for the Boltzmann Equation
Kunlun Qi (University of Minnesota (U.S.A.))
Thu, 23 Feb 2023 • 10:30-11:30h • Pontdriesch 14-16, Room 008 (SeMath)


Numerical approximation of the Boltzmann equation is a challenging problem due to its high-dimensional, nonlocal, and nonlinear collision integral. Over the past decade, the Fourier-Galerkin spectral method has become a popular deterministic method for solving the Boltzmann equation, manifested by its high accuracy and potential of being further accelerated by the fast Fourier transform. Albeit its practical success, the stability of the method is only recently proved by utilizing the “spreading” property of the collision operator. In this talk, we introduce a new proof based on a careful $L^2$ estimate of the negative part of the solution. We also discuss the applicability of the result to various initial data, including both continuous and discontinuous functions. This talk is based on some joint works with Tong Yang (PolyU Hong Kong) and Jingwei Hu (University of Washington).