Variational Integrators for Maxwell's Equations with Sources

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Stern, Ari
Tong, Yiying
Desbrun, Mathieu
Marsden, Jerrold E.
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In recent years, two important techniques for geometric numerical discretization have been developed. In computational electromagnetics, spatial discretization has been improved by the use of mixed finite elements and discrete differential forms. Simultaneously, the dynamical systems and mechanics communities have developed structure-preserving time integrators, notably variational integrators that are constructed from a Lagrangian action principle. Here, we discuss how to combine these two frameworks to develop variational spacetime integrators for Maxwell's equations. Extending our previous work, which first introduced this variational perspective for Maxwell's equations without sources, we also show here how to incorporate free sources of charge and current.
Comment: 5 pages, 3 figures, submitted to Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS) 2008 proceedings
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Mathematics - Numerical Analysis, Physics - Computational Physics, 78M30 (Primary), 65P10, 37K05 (Secondary)
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