• Addendum to the article: On the Dirichlet to Neumann Problem for the 1-dimensional Cubic NLS Equation on the Half-Line

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Kamvissis, Spyridon (IOPSCIENCE Published jointly with the London Mathematical Society, 2016-08-31)
      We present a short note on the extension of the results of [1] to the case of non-zero initial data. More specifically, the defocusing cubic NLS equation is considered on the half-line with decaying (in time) Dirichlet data and sufficiently smooth and decaying (in space) initial data. We prove that for this case also, and for a large class of decaying Dirichlet data, the Neumann data are sufficiently decaying so that the Fokas unified method for the solution of defocusing NLS is applicable.
    • Crank-Nicolson finite element discretizations for a two-dimenional linear Schroedinger-type equation posed in noncylindrical domain

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Karali, Georgia D.; Plexousakis, Michael; Zouraris, Georgios; University of Chester (AMS, 2014-11-05)
      Motivated by the paraxial narrow–angle approximation of the Helmholtz equation in domains of variable topography, we consider an initialand boundary-value problem for a general Schr¨odinger-type equation posed on a two space-dimensional noncylindrical domain with mixed boundary conditions. The problem is transformed into an equivalent one posed on a rectangular domain, and we approximate its solution by a Crank–Nicolson finite element method. For the proposed numerical method, we derive an optimal order error estimate in the L2 norm, and to support the error analysis we prove a global elliptic regularity theorem for complex elliptic boundary value problems with mixed boundary conditions. Results from numerical experiments are presented which verify the optimal order of convergence of the method.
    • Existence and regularity of solution for a Stochastic CahnHilliard / Allen-Cahn equation with unbounded noise diffusion

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Karali, Georgia D.; Millet, Annie; University of Chester (Elsevier, 2015-10-24)
      The Cahn-Hilliard/Allen-Cahn equation with noise is a simplified mean field model of stochastic microscopic dynamics associated with adsorption and desorption-spin flip mechanisms in the context of surface processes. For such an equation we consider a multiplicative space-time white noise with diffusion coefficient of linear growth. Applying technics from semigroup theory, we prove local existence and uniqueness in dimensions d = 1,2,3. Moreover, when the diffusion coefficient satisfies a sub-linear growth condition of order α bounded by 1 3, which is the inverse of the polynomial order of the nonlinearity used, we prove for d = 1 global existence of solution. Path regularity of stochastic solution, depending on that of the initial condition, is obtained a.s. up to the explosion time. The path regularity is identical to that proved for the stochastic Cahn-Hilliard equation in the case of bounded noise diffusion. Our results are also valid for the stochastic Cahn-Hilliard equation with unbounded noise diffusion, for which previous results were established only in the framework of a bounded diffusion coefficient. As expected from the theory of parabolic operators in the sense of Petrovsk˘ıı, the bi-Laplacian operator seems to be dominant in the combined model.
    • Galerkin methods for a Schroedinger-type equation with a dynamical boundary condition in two dimensions

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; University of Chester (EDP Sciences / SMAI, 2015-06-30)
      In this paper, we consider a two-dimensional Schodinger-type equation with a dynamical boundary condition. This model describes the long-range sound propagation in naval environments of variable rigid bottom topography. Our choice for a regular enough finite element approximation is motivated by the dynamical condition and therefore, consists of a cubic splines implicit Galerkin method in space. Furthermore, we apply a Crank-Nicolson time stepping for the evolutionary variable. We prove existence and stability of the semidiscrete and fully discrete solution.
    • Malliavin Calculus for the stochastic Cahn- Hilliard/Allen-Cahn equation with unbounded noise diffusion

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Farazakis, Dimitris; Karali, Georgia D.; University of Chester; Foundation for Research and Technology; University of Crete (Elsevier, 2018-05-08)
      The stochastic partial di erential equation analyzed in this work, is motivated by a simplified mesoscopic physical model for phase separation. It describes pattern formation due to adsorption and desorption mechanisms involved in surface processes, in the presence of a stochastic driving force. This equation is a combination of Cahn-Hilliard and Allen-Cahn type operators with a multiplicative, white, space-time noise of unbounded di usion. We apply Malliavin calculus, in order to investigate the existence of a density for the stochastic solution u. In dimension one, according to the regularity result in [5], u admits continuous paths a.s. Using this property, and inspired by a method proposed in [8], we construct a modi ed approximating sequence for u, which properly treats the new second order Allen-Cahn operator. Under a localization argument, we prove that the Malliavin derivative of u exists locally, and that the law of u is absolutely continuous, establishing thus that a density exists.
    • Motion of a droplet for the Stochastic mass conserving Allen-Cahn equation

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Bates, Peter W.; Bloemker, Dirk; Karali, Georgia D.; University of Chester (SIAM, 2016-02-16)
      We study the stochastic mass-conserving Allen-Cahn equation posed on a smoothly bounded domain of R2 with additive, spatially smooth, space-time noise. This equation describes the stochastic motion of a small almost semicircular droplet attached to domain's boundary and moving towards a point of locally maximum curvature. We apply It^o calculus to derive the stochastic dynamics of the center of the droplet by utilizing the approximately invariant manifold introduced by Alikakos, Chen and Fusco [2] for the deterministic problem. In the stochastic case depending on the scaling, the motion is driven by the change in the curvature of the boundary and the stochastic forcing. Moreover, under the assumption of a su ciently small noise strength, we establish stochastic stability of a neighborhood of the manifold of boundary droplet states in the L2- and H1-norms, which means that with overwhelming probability the solution stays close to the manifold for very long time-scales.
    • On the Dirichlet to Neumann Problem for the 1-dimensional Cubic NLS Equation on the half-line

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Kamvissis, Spyridon; Department of Mathematics, University of Chester, UK(D.A) and Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Crete, Greece (S.K) (IOPSCIENCE Published jointly with the London Mathematical Society, 2015-07-24)
      Initial-boundary value problems for 1-dimensional `completely integrable' equations can be solved via an extension of the inverse scattering method, which is due to Fokas and his collaborators. A crucial feature of this method is that it requires the values of more boundary data than given for a well-posed problem. In the case of cubic NLS, knowledge of the Dirichet data su ces to make the problem well-posed but the Fokas method also requires knowledge of the values of Neumann data. The study of the Dirichlet to Neumann map is thus necessary before the application of the `Fokas transform'. In this paper, we provide a rigorous study of this map for a large class of decaying Dirichlet data. We show that the Neumann data are also su ciently decaying and that, hence, the Fokas method can be applied.
    • A Posteriori Analysis for Space-Time, discontinuous in time Galerkin approximations for parabolic equations in a variable domain

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Plexousakis, Michael; University of Chester; University of Crete (ECP sciences, 2019-04-24)
      This paper presents an a posteriori error analysis for the discontinuous in time space-time scheme proposed by Jamet for the heat equation in multi-dimensional, non-cylindrical domains [25]. Using a Cl ement-type interpolant, we prove abstract a posteriori error bounds for the numerical error. Furthermore, in the case of two-dimensional spatial domains we transform the problem into an equivalent one, of parabolic type, with space-time dependent coe cients but posed on a cylindrical domain. We formulate a discontinuous in time space{time scheme and prove a posteriori error bounds of optimal order. The a priori estimates of [19] for general parabolic initial and boundary value problems are used in the derivation of the upper bound. Our lower bound coincides with that of Picasso [36], proposed for adaptive, Runge-Kutta finite element methods for linear parabolic problems. Our theoretical results are verified by numerical experiments.
    • The sharp interface limit for the stochastic Cahn-Hilliard Equation

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Bloemker, Dirk; Karali, Georgia D.; Universiy of Chester (IMS Journals, 2018-02-19)
      We study the two and three dimensional stochastic Cahn-Hilliard equation in the sharp interface limit, where the positive parameter \eps tends to zero, which measures the width of transition layers generated during phase separation. We also couple the noise strength to this parameter. Using formal asymptotic expansions, we identify the limit. In the right scaling we indicate that the solutions of stochastic Cahn-Hilliard converge to a solution of a Hele-Shaw problem with stochastic forcing. In the case when the noise is sufficiently small, we rigorously prove that the limit is a deterministic Hele-Shaw problem. Finally, we discuss which estimates are necessary in order to extend the rigorous result to larger noise strength.
    • Space-Time Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for the '\eps'-dependent Stochastic Allen-Cahn Equation with mild noise

      Antonopoulou, Dimitra; Department of Mathematics, University of Chester, UK (Oxford University Press, 2019-04-08)
      We consider the $\eps$-dependent stochastic Allen-Cahn equation with mild space- time noise posed on a bounded domain of R^2. The positive parameter $\eps$ is a measure for the inner layers width that are generated during evolution. This equation, when the noise depends only on time, has been proposed by Funaki in [15]. The noise although smooth becomes white on the sharp interface limit as $\eps$ tends to zero. We construct a nonlinear dG scheme with space-time finite elements of general type which are discontinuous in time. Existence of a unique discrete solution is proven by application of Brouwer's Theorem. We first derive abstract error estimates and then for the case of piece-wise polynomial finite elements we prove an error in expectation of optimal order. All the appearing constants are estimated in terms of the parameter $\eps$. Finally, we present a linear approximation of the nonlinear scheme for which we prove existence of solution and optimal error in expectation in piece-wise linear finite element spaces. The novelty of this work is based on the use of a finite element formulation in space and in time in 2+1-dimensional subdomains for a nonlinear parabolic problem. In addition, this problem involves noise. These type of schemes avoid any Runge-Kutta type discretization for the evolutionary variable and seem to be very effective when applied to equations of such a difficulty.