## Abstract

The elliptic Monge-Ampère equation is a fully n onlinear partial differential equation that originated in geometric surface theory and has been applied in dynamic meteorology, elasticity, geometric optics, image processing, and image registration. Solutions can be singular, in which case standard numerical approaches fail. Novel solution methods are required for stability and convergence to the weak (viscosity) solution. In this article we build a wide stencil finite difference discretization for the Monge-Ampère equation. The scheme is monotone, so the Barles-Souganidis theory allows us to prove that the solution of the scheme converges to the unique viscosity solution of the equation. Solutions of the scheme are found using a damped Newton's method. We prove convergence of Newton's method and provide a systematic method to determine a starting point for the Newton iteration. Computational results are presented in two and three dimensions, which demonstrates the speed and accuracy of the method on a number of exact solutions, which range in regularity from smooth to nondifferentiable.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1692-1714 |

Number of pages | 23 |

Journal | SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis |

Volume | 49 |

Issue number | 4 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2011 |

Externally published | Yes |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Numerical Analysis
- Computational Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics

## Keywords

- Convexity constraints
- Fully nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations
- Monge-Ampère equations
- Monotone schemes
- Nonlinear finite difference methods
- Viscosity solutions