, Volume 124, Issue 1, pp 1-29

T-coercivity and continuous Galerkin methods: application to transmission problems with sign changing coefficients

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Abstract

To solve variational indefinite problems, one uses classically the Banach–Nečas–Babuška theory. Here, we study an alternate theory to solve those problems: T-coercivity. Moreover, we prove that one can use this theory to solve the approximate problems, which provides an alternative to the celebrated Fortin lemma. We apply this theory to solve the indefinite problem $\text{ div}\sigma \nabla u=f$ set in $H^1_0$ , with $\sigma $ exhibiting a sign change.