A hybrid method for systems of closely spaced dielectric spheres and ions

Zecheng Gan, Shidong Jiang, Erik Luijten, Zhenli Xu

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Abstract

We develop an efficient, semianalytical, spectrally accurate, and well-conditioned hybrid method for the study of electrostatic fields in composites consisting of an arbitrary distribution of dielectric spheres and ions that are loosely or densely (close to touching) packed. We first derive a closed-form formula for the image potential of a general multipole source of arbitrary order outside a dielectric sphere. Based on this formula, a hybrid method is then constructed to solve the boundary value problem by combining these analytical methods of image charges and image multipoles with the spectrally accurate mesh-free method of moments. The resulting linear system is well conditioned and requires many fewer unknowns on material interfaces as compared with standard boundary integral equation methods, in which the formulation becomes increasingly ill-conditioned and the number of unknowns also increases sharply as the spheres approach each other or ions approach the spheres due to the geometric and physical stiffness. We further apply the fast multipole method to accelerate the calculation of charge-charge, charge-multipole, and multipole-multipole interactions to achieve optimal computational complexity. The accuracy and efficiency of the scheme are demonstrated via several numerical examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B375-B395
JournalSIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Hybrid Method
Charge
Ions
Fast multipole Method
Unknown
Electrostatic Field
Boundary Integral Equation Method
Method of Images
Meshfree Method
Boundary integral equations
Method of Moments
Arbitrary
Method of moments
Analytical Methods
Boundary value problems
Accelerate
Linear systems
Computational complexity
Stiffness
Computational Complexity

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

Keywords

  • Dielectric spheres
  • Fast algorithm
  • Poisson equation
  • Self-assembly

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Gan, Zecheng ; Jiang, Shidong ; Luijten, Erik ; Xu, Zhenli. / A hybrid method for systems of closely spaced dielectric spheres and ions. In: SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing. 2016 ; Vol. 38, No. 3. pp. B375-B395.
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In: SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, Vol. 38, No. 3, 01.01.2016, p. B375-B395.

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