Multiscale algorithms and computations for the time-dependent Maxwell-Schrödinger system in heterogeneous nanostructures

Chupeng Ma, Liqun Cao, Yanping Lin

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In this paper, we discuss the multiscale computations of the time-dependent Maxwell-Schrödinger system with rapidly oscillating discontinuous coefficients. The multiscale asymptotic method for the system is presented. We propose a novel multiscale asymptotic expansion for the vector potential to capture the oscillations caused by the quantum current density. To solve the homogenized Maxwell-Schrödinger system, we present an alternating Crank-Nicolson finite element method. The stability estimates and the solvability of the discrete system are established. An iteration algorithm together with its convergence analysis is given. Numerical examples are carried out to demonstrate the efficiency and accuracy of the multiscale algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A1091-A1120
JournalSIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2019


  • Finite element method
  • Homogenization method
  • Maxwell-Schrödinger system
  • Multiscale asymptotic expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

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