Spectral analysis of the anisotropic Steklov–Poincaré matrix

Daniel Loghin, Mario Arioli

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In this work we analyse the Steklov–Poincaré (or interface Schur complement) matrix arising in a domain decomposition method in the presence of anisotropy. Our problem is formulated such that three types of anisotropy are being considered: refinements with high aspect ratios, uniform refinements of a domain with high aspect ratio and anisotropic diffusion problems discretized on uniform meshes. Our analysis indicates a condition number of the interface Schur complement with an order ranging from O(1) to O(h^2). By relating this behaviour to an underlying scale of fractional Sobolev spaces, we propose optimal preconditioners which are spectrally equivalent to fractional matrix powers of a discrete interface Laplacian. Numerical experiments to validate the analysis are included; extensions to general domains and non-uniform meshes are also considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-183
Number of pages16
JournalLinear Algebra and its Applications
Early online date2 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Domain decomposition
  • Steklov–Poincaré operator
  • Anisotropic operators
  • Spectral analysis


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