Martin Van Gijzen : January 11, 2007
Spectral analysis of the discrete Helmholtz operator preconditioned with a shifted Laplacian.
Martin Van Gijzen
Thirsday January 11, 10:00 a.m. at CERFACS
Shifted Laplace preconditioners have attracted considerable attention as a technique to speed up convergence of iterative solution methods for the Helmholtz equation. We present a comprehensive spectral analysis of the Helmholtz operator preconditioned with a shifted Laplacian. Our analysis is valid under general conditions. The propagating medium can be heterogeneous, and the analysis also holds for different types of damping, including a radiation condition for the boundary of the computational domain. By combining the results of the spectral analysis of the preconditioned Helmholtz operator with an upper bound on the GMRES-residual norm we are able to provide an optimal value for the shift, and to explain the mesh-depency of the convergence of GMRES preconditioned with a shifted Laplacian. We will illustrate our results with a seismic test problem.