An asymptotic-preserving scheme for the kinetic equation with anisotropic scattering: Heavy tail equilibrium and degenerate collision frequency

Li Wang, Bokai Yan

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Abstract

We design an asymptotic preserving (AP) scheme for the linear kinetic equation with anisotropic scattering that leads to a fractional diffusion limit. This limit may be attributed to two reasons: A heavy tail equilibrium or a degenerate collision frequency, both of which are considered in this paper. Our scheme builds on the ideas developed in [L. Wang and B. Yan, J. Comput. Phys., 312 (2016), pp. 157-174] but with two major variations. One is a new splitting of the system that accounts for the anisotropy in the scattering cross section by introducing two extra terms. We then showed, via detailed calculation, that the scheme enjoys a relaxed AP property as opposed to the one step AP for the isotropic scattering. Another contribution is for the degenerate collision frequency case, which brings in additional stiffness. We propose to integrate a "body" term, which appears to be the main component in the diffusion limit. This term is precomputed once with a prescribed accuracy, via a change of variable that alleviates the stiffness. Numerical examples are presented to validate its efficiency in both kinetic and fractional diffusion regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A422-A451
JournalSIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

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\ast Submitted to the journal's Methods and Algorithms for Scientific Computing section July 10, 2017; accepted for publication (in revised form) October 31, 2018; published electronically February 5, 2019. http://www.siam.org/journals/sisc/41-1/M113802.html \bfF \bfu \bfn \bfd \bfi \bfn \bfg : The first author's work was partially supported by NSF grants DMS-1620135 and DMS-1903420. \dagger School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 206 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (wang8818@umn.edu). \ddagger Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, 520 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (yanbokai@gmail.com).

Keywords

  • Anisotropic scattering
  • Asymptotic-preserving scheme
  • Degenerate collision frequency
  • Fractional diffusion
  • Heavy tail equilibrium

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