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Standard finite elements for the numerical resolution of the elliptic Monge–Ampère equation: Aleksandrov solutions
journal contributionposted on 2022-04-01, 17:20 authored by Gerard AwanouGerard Awanou
We prove a convergence result for a natural discretization of the Dirichlet problem of the elliptic Monge-Ampere equation using finite dimensional spaces of piecewise polynomial C1 functions. Discretizations of the type considered in this paper have been previously analyzed in the case the equation has a smooth solution and numerous numerical evidence of convergence were given in the case of non smooth solutions. Our convergence result is valid for non smooth solutions, is given in the setting of Aleksandrov solutions, and consists in discretizing the equation in a subdomain with the boundary data used as an approximation of the solution in the remaining part of the domain. Our result gives a theoretical validation for the use of a non monotone finite element method for the Monge-Ampere equation.