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ENERGY STABLE AND CONVERGENT FINITE ELEMENT SCHEMES FOR THE MODIFIED PHASE FIELD CRYSTAL EQUATION

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We propose a space semi-discrete and a fully discrete finite element scheme for the modified phase field crystal equation (MPFC). The space discretization is based on a splitting method and consists in a Galerkin approximation which allows low order (piecewise linear) finite elements. The time discretization is a second-order scheme which has been introduced by Gomez and Hughes for the Cahn-Hilliard equation. The fully discrete scheme is shown to be unconditionally energy stable and uniquely solvable for small time steps, with a smallness condition independent of the space step. Using energy estimates, we prove that in both cases, the discrete solution converges to the unique energy solution of the MPFC equation as the discretization parameters tend to 0. Using a Lojasiewicz inequality, we also establish that the discrete solution tends to a stationary solution as time goes to infinity. Numerical simulations illustrate the theoretical results.
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hal-01118961 , version 1 (20-02-2015)

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Maurizio Grasselli, Morgan Pierre. ENERGY STABLE AND CONVERGENT FINITE ELEMENT SCHEMES FOR THE MODIFIED PHASE FIELD CRYSTAL EQUATION. 2015. ⟨hal-01118961⟩
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