Solving the 3D maxwell equations near conical singularities by a multiscale strategy

Franck Assous, Patrick Ciarlet

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This article is concerned with the numerical solution of the time-dependent Maxwell equations in a three-dimensional domain that contains (sharp metallic) conical protuberances. These conical inclusions on the internal boundary of the domain, typically a waveguide, are geometrical singularities that generate, in their neighborhood, strong electromagnetic fields. Based on recent theoretical and practical developments on curl-free singular fields, we propose a method to compute the instationary electromagnetic field, including the effects of these conical vertices. The principle is based on a splitting of the spaces of solutions into a regular part and a singular part. The regular part is computed by a continuous finite element method, whereas the singular part involves a multiscale representation of the solution, written in the vicinity of the geometrical singularities. As an illustration, numerical results in a rectangular waveguide and comparisons with an axisymmetric problem are shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-429
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • 3D Maxwell equations
  • Conical singularities
  • Continuous Galerkin method
  • Multiscale representation


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