Applications of Mathematics

, Volume 62, Issue 1, pp 15–36 | Cite as

Convergence of the matrix transformation method for the finite difference approximation of fractional order diffusion problems



Numerical solution of fractional order diffusion problems with homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions is investigated on a square domain. An appropriate extension is applied to have a well-posed problem on R2 and the solution on the square is regarded as a localization. For the numerical approximation a finite difference method is applied combined with the matrix transformation method. Here the discrete fractional Laplacian is approximated with a matrix power instead of computing the complicated approximations of fractional order derivatives. The spatial convergence of this method is proved and demonstrated by some numerical experiments.


fractional diffusion problem finite differences matrix transformation method 

MSC 2010

35R11 65M06 65M12 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MTA-ELTE Numnet Research GroupEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Department of Applied Analysis and Computational Mathematics, MTA-ELTE Numnet Research GroupEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary

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