Homogenization of a Transmission Problem

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Keller 3-180
Shari Moskow (Drexel University)
We study the homogenization of a transmission problem for bounded scatterers with periodic coefficients modeled by the anisotropic Helmholtz equation. The coefficients are assumed to be periodic functions of the fast variable, specified over the unit cell with characteristic size~$epsilon$. By way of multiple scales expansion, we focus on the $O(epsilon^{k})$, $k=1,2$ bulk and boundary corrections of the leading-order $(O(1))$ homogenized transmission problem. The analysis in particular provides the $H^1$ and $L^2$ estimates of the error committed by the first-order-corrected solution considering i)~bulk correction only, and ii) boundary and bulk correction. We treat explicitly the $O(epsilon)$ boundary correction for the transmission problem when the scatterer is a unit square. We also establish the $O(epsilon^{2})$-bulk correction describing the mean wave motion inside the scatterer. The analysis also highlights a previously established, yet scarcely recognized fact that the $O(epsilon)$ bulk correction of the mean motion vanishes identically.
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