Numerische Mathematik

, Volume 109, Issue 4, pp 509–533

A nonconforming finite element method for a two-dimensional curl–curl and grad-div problem



A numerical method for a two-dimensional curl–curl and grad-div problem is studied in this paper. It is based on a discretization using weakly continuous P1 vector fields and includes two consistency terms involving the jumps of the vector fields across element boundaries. Optimal convergence rates (up to an arbitrary positive \({\epsilon}\)) in both the energy norm and the L2 norm are established on graded meshes. The theoretical results are confirmed by numerical experiments.


Curl–curl and grad-div problem Nonconforming finite element methods Maxwell equations 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

65N30 65N15 35Q60 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Center for Computation and TechnologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Mathematical SciencesRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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