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Technical Report 2008-019

Stable Boundary Treatment for the Wave Equation on Second-Order Form

Ken Mattsson, Frank Ham, and Gianluca Iaccarino

June 2008

A stable and accurate boundary treatment is derived for the second-order wave equation. The domain is discretized using narrow-diagonal summation by parts operators and the boundary conditions are imposed using a penalty method, leading to fully explicit time integration. This discretization yields a stable and efficient scheme. The analysis is verified by numerical simulations in one-dimension using high-order finite difference discretizations, and in three-dimensions using an unstructured finite volume discretization.

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