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# On the Coefficients of the Singularities of the Solution of Maxwell’s Equations near Polyhedral Edges

**Academic Editor:**Haipeng Peng

#### Abstract

The solution fields of Maxwell’s equations are known to exhibit singularities near corners, crack tips, edges, and so forth of the physical domain. The structures of the singular fields are well known up to some undetermined coefficients. In two-dimensional domains with corners and cracks, the unknown coefficients are real constants. However, in three-dimensional domains the unknown coefficients are functions defined along the corresponding edges. This paper proposes explicit formulas for the computation of these coefficients in the case of two-dimensional domains with corners and three-dimensional domains with straight edges. The coefficients of the singular fields along straight edges of three-dimensional domains are represented in terms of Fourier series. The formulas presented are aimed at the numerical approximation of the coefficients of the singular fields. They can also be used for the construction of adaptive -nodal finite-element procedures for the efficient numerical treatment of Maxwell’s equations in nonsmooth domains.

#### 1. Introduction

Unlike the regularity analysis for elliptic boundary value problems in domains with geometric singularities, where there exists a unified theory based on the shift theorem (see [1–3]), the regularity analysis of the solution of Maxwell’s equations has several interpretations. Most papers are concerned with the -regularity for nonconvex domains, and it is shown that the main singularity is the gradient of singular functions associated with the Laplace equation; see, for example, Birman and Solomyak [4], Bonnet-Ben Dhia et al. [5], Moussaoui [6], Hazard and Lohrengel [7], Hazard and Lenoir [8], and Lohrengel [9]. Costabel in [10] went further to address the -regularity for Lipschitz domains.

The -regularity of the solution of Maxwell’s equations has been considered, for example, by Nkemzi [11–14]. To be more precise, the asymptotic behaviour of the solution near axisymmetric edges and their efficient numerical treatment by means of the Fourier-finite-element method on graded meshes were analyzed in [11, 14]. In [12] the problem was considered in axisymmetric domains with conical points and the asymptotic behaviour of the solution near the conical points was analyzed. Here explicit representation formulas for the coefficients of the singularities were derived. In [13] Maxwell’s equations in polygonal domains were considered and formulas for the coefficients of the singularities were derived. The present paper considers Maxwell’s equations in three-dimensional domains with polyhedral edges and the main focus is on the explicit description of the coefficients of the singularities. Unlike in two-dimensional case and the case of conical points where the space of the singular solutions is finite dimensional and the coefficients of the singularities are some real numbers, in three-dimensional domains with edges the space of the singular solutions is infinite dimensional and the coefficients of the singularities are functions defined along the edges. Here the space of the singular solutions along polyhedral edges is completely described.

It should be noted that a more rigorous regularity analysis based on the shift theorem for the Maxwell equations in plane domains with corners and in polyhedral domains has been carried out by Costabel et al. in [15, 16]. They showed, using the classical Mellin analysis, a technique due to Kondratev [17], that, for a given current density in , , the electromagnetic fields either belong to the space or else can be split into a regular part in and an explicitly defined singular part up to some unknown coefficients. They represented the singular fields along the edge in a tensor product form. However, it has been shown (see, e.g., Heinrich [18]) that the numerical treatment of boundary value problems in three-dimensional domains with edges is more efficient if the singular solutions along the edges are expressed in nontensor product forms.

Asymptotic analysis of solutions of boundary value problems near geometric singularities is usually carried out by considering only the principal part of the differential operator with frozen coefficients; see, for example, [16, 17]. This is due to the fact that the qualitative behaviour of the solutions near geometric singularities depends only on the principal part of the operator, the geometry of the domain near the singularity, and the nature of the boundary conditions. On the other hand, it is known that the coefficients in the asymptotic expansion are linear continuous functions of the right hand side datum of the differential equation; see [2, 3]. Thus, formulas for the coefficients are derived by taking into account the exact differential operator under consideration. These coefficients, especially the leading coefficients, determine the actual strength of the singularities and are the principal indicators for material damage analysis, for example, fracture analysis. Hence, their computation is not only important for the numerical treatment of the boundary value problem but also important for practical applications.

In this paper we extend the -regularity analysis of the solution of time-harmonic Maxwell equations in plane domains with corners (see [13]) to three-dimensional domains with polyhedral edges. The main concern is to derive explicit computable formulas for the coefficients of the singularities. The singular functions along polyhedral edges are expressed in Fourier series and in nontensor product forms which are more suitable for constructing accurate finite-element solutions. The results presented here can be used to construct postprocessing procedures for the -nodal finite-element treatment of Maxwell’s equations in domains with geometric singularities and with optimal accuracy.

This paper is organised as follows. In Section 2 we introduce the boundary value problem and related function spaces and address the issue of existence and uniqueness of the weak solution. In Section 3 we formulate in Theorems 5 and 6 the main results concerning the regularity properties of Maxwell’s equations in two-dimensional domains with corners and three-dimensional domains with polyhedral edges, respectively. Sections 4 and 5 contain detailed proofs of Theorems 5 and 6, respectively.

#### 2. The Boundary Value Problem and Functional Tools

We consider as model problem the electromagnetic fields ( the electric field and the magnetic field) of time-harmonic Maxwell’s equations in a simply connected and bounded domain with Lipschitz boundary containing an isotropic and homogeneous medium subject to perfect conductor boundary conditions [5, 19, 20]:where the domain related parameters , , and are, respectively, the dielectric permittivity, magnetic permeability, and electric conductivity, is a given div* *ergence-free current density, that is, , is the pulsation of the electromagnetic fields, is the imaginary unity, and denotes the unit outward normal on the boundary .

If we suppose temporarily that the vector function is sufficiently smooth, then system (1) can be written as two decoupled systems in terms of the magnetic field and the electric field as follows: where , , and .

It follows directly from (1), (2), and (3) that the solution of problem (2) can be derived from the solution of problem (3) and vice versa. Thus it suffices to solve or analyze only one of the problems. Subsequently we will dedicate our analysis to the boundary value problem (3). For the Hilbert space formulation of (3) we introduce the function spaces; see [19, 21]: equipped with the norm The variational formulation of problem (3) is as follows.

Find such that where denotes the usual scalar product in the Hilbert space of complex-valued functions. The well-posedness of problem (6) is addressed by the following theorem; see also [19, 22, 23].

Theorem 1. *Let be a bounded domain with at least Lipschitz continuous boundary . Suppose and is not an eigenvalue of the operator with electric boundary condition. Then, for any , there exists a unique solution of the variational problem (6). Moreover, the solution satisfies the estimate *

We will always assume where necessary, without explicitly stating so, that the conditions of Theorem 1 are satisfied.

We observe that the operator from (2) and (3) is not elliptic. However, a widely used alternative formulation of the boundary value problem (3) is the so-called regularized formulation of the Maxwell equations; see [5, 7–9]. In fact, it is easily seen that the boundary value problem (3) is equivalent to the boundary value problem in the sense that the solution of (3) solves (8) and vice versa. We notice that the operator is elliptic. The associated Hilbert space formulation for the boundary value problem (8) is as follows.

Find such that where The following theorem addresses the question of well-posedness of problem (9); see also [5, 9].

Theorem 2. *Let be a bounded domain with at least Lipschitz continuous boundary . Suppose and is not an eigenvalue of the Dirichlet-Laplace operator on . Then, for any , there exists a unique solution of the variational problem (9). Moreover, the solution satisfies the estimate *

The rest of this paper is dedicated to a rigorous regularity analysis of the solution of time-harmonic Maxwell equations in simply connected and bounded domains , , with Lipschitz boundary containing an isotropic and homogeneous medium subject to perfect conductor boundary conditions. We will systemically use the regularized formulation (8) and all derivatives should always be understood in the sense of distributions. First we state here one regularity result that is frequently quoted in the literature; see [21]. We will use the notation

Theorem 3. *Let be a bounded domain with boundary . If is of class or if is a convex polygon in or a convex polyhedron in , then the relation holds and on these spaces the norms and are equivalent.*

On the other hand, if is a nonconvex polygon or polyhedron, then the space is a proper closed subset of the space and the following result holds; see [4, 6].

Theorem 4. *The space can be split as a direct sum of the form where denotes the space of functions spanned by the singular functions associated with the Dirichlet boundary value problem for the Laplace equation in .*

An immediate consequence of the regularity Theorems 3 and 4 is that, in nonconvex polygons or polyhedrons, the weak solution of the boundary value problem (8) does not belong to the space and can therefore not be approximated by means of the usual -conforming nodal finite-element method.

#### 3. Corner and Edge Singularities for Maxwell’s Equations

In this section we formulate the main results of this paper. The proofs which are very lengthy in nature will be carried out in subsequent sections.

##### 3.1. Corner Singularities for Maxwell’s Equations

Here we consider the electric field of time-harmonic Maxwell’s equations in a simply connected and bounded domain with Lipschitz boundary , formally the variational solution of the boundary value problem where and the parameter are given.

Now, suppose that the boundary of consists of finitely many disjoint analytic arcs , , such that , where the segments are numbered according to the positive orientation, that is, in anticlockwise direction. Let the endpoints of each be denoted by and let the solid angle at be denoted by , where . We denote by and (resp., and ) local polar (resp., Cartesian) coordinates attached to the vertex , such that that is, is supported by the line and is on the line . Suppose that the domain coincides near each singular point with a circular sector with radius and angle ; that is, The boundary will be represented subsequently as , where We define with respect to the vertex a smooth truncation function which depends only on the distance from by where is taken from (17); that is, . Furthermore, we define on each sector neighbourhood of the vertex the functions where , and the parameter are taken from (15), is as defined in (19), and Our main result on corner singularity is the following.

Theorem 5. *For each and , let be the variational solution of the boundary value problem (15). Let , , , . If , , , then there exist coefficients such that the solution can be split as a sum in the form with . The coefficients of the asymptotic expansion (22) are given explicitly by the formula where the function is defined in (20). The constants and and the local Cartesian and polar coordinates , and , are as specified in (17) and (16). Moreover, there exists a constant independent of and such that *

The proof of Theorem 5 will be carried out in Section 4; see Theorem 9.

##### 3.2. Edge Singularities for Maxwell’s Equations

Let be a simply connected and bounded domain with Lipschitz boundary . For and , we consider the variational solution of the boundary value problem

Since we are interested only in the asymptotic behaviour of the solution near straight edges of the domain , we can assume, without loss of generality, that the domain is a prismatic cylinder; that is, it has the form with a real constant and a bounded domain with piecewise smooth boundary and such that for each , , and . In this way we can use the same notations as in Section 3.1 for . In particular, the edges of the domain are and the measure of the interior angle along the edge is , . We associate with each edge a wedge , where is as defined in (17). Further we introduce on the functions where the functions , , and the parameter are taken from (25), is from (19), and , are as defined in (21). Obviously .

Our main result on edge singularity is the following.

Theorem 6. *For and , let be the variational solution of the boundary value problem (25). Let , , , . If , , , then there exist unique functions and such that the solution can be split into a regular and a singular part in the form The functions and are fixed kernels defined by The coefficients and of the asymptotic expansion (27) can be expressed in Fourier series in the form where the Fourier coefficients and are given explicitly by the formulas Here, the function is as defined in (26). The constants and and the local Cartesian and polar coordinates , , , and are as defined in (17) and (16). In (27) the symbol “” denotes convolution product in the variable ; that is, *

The proof of Theorem 6 will be carried out in Section 5; see Theorem 24.

#### 4. Maxwell’s Equations in Two-Dimensional Domains with Corners

In this section, we consider in greater detail the structure of the solution of the Maxwell equations (15) in two-dimensional domains with corners and show how the results of Theorem 5 are derived.

##### 4.1. Maxwell’s Equations in a Bounded Sector

For purely mathematical reasons we consider first a slightly modified boundary value problem for the Maxwell equations in a circular sector; see Figure 1. The results of this subsection are largely found in Nkemzi [13] and will be kept very brief.

Let denote a circular sector in with radius , interior angle , and boundary ; see Figure 1. We assume that the Cartesian coordinate system of and is positioned such that the vertex of coincides with the origin and the side is supported by the -axis.

For , we consider the unique weak solution of the boundary value problem

Local polar coordinates and in with respect to the vertex are related to the Cartesian coordinates and ; namely, Accordingly, the sector domain is transformed by the one-to-one mapping into the rectangle in the polar coordinate system. By the transformation (33), each function defined on is mapped uniquely to some function defined on by Similarly, each vector field defined on is mapped uniquely to some vector field defined on by

The boundary value problem (32) can be solved explicitly. In fact, we have the following result which can be verified by direct substitution.

Lemma 7. *The weak solution of the boundary value problem (32) can be represented in Fourier series in the form where the Fourier coefficients satisfy the relations *

Using the explicit representation formulas (37)-(38) for the solution of the boundary value problem (32) and taking into account relation (36) one can derive various regularity properties for the solution.

The main result of this subsection is the following; see, for example, [13, 15, 16], for the proof.

Theorem 8. *Let be a circular sector with angle , . Let , . Then for each the solution of the boundary value problem (32) has the following additional regularity properties: *(a)*There exists a constant independent of and such that the * *That is, the condition is always satisfied.*(b)*If , (i.e., is convex), then and there exists a constant independent of and such that *(c)*If , (i.e., ), then and there exists a constant independent of and such that *(d)*If , , then can be split into a regular and a singular part in the form * *The coefficients are given explicitly by the formula * *Moreover, there exists a constant independent of such that *

##### 4.2. Maxwell’s Equations in Plane Domains with Corners

We can now make definite statements on the regularity properties of the solution of the Maxwell boundary value problem (15) in bounded domains with piecewise smooth boundary . We will use the same notations as in Section 3.1.

Let be the solution of (15). Then the function , where is the smooth truncation function from (19), belongs to the space and is the unique weak solution of the boundary value problem where the function is as defined in (20).

We observe that problems (45) and (32) are similar and therefore their solutions have the same regularity properties as described in Theorem 8. On the other hand, the solution of problem (45) coincides near the vertex of to the solution of problem (15). Thus the two solutions have the same asymptotic behaviour near the vertex . Taking into consideration the fact that singularity is a local property and the technique for coupling local and global regularity properties (see [2, 18]), we obtain directly from Theorem 8 the following properties for the solution of problem (15).

Theorem 9. *For each , let be the solution of the boundary value problem (15). Let , , , and . Then the solution has the following additional regularity properties: *(a)* and there exists a constant independent of and such that *(b)*If , , (i.e., is convex), then and there exists a constant independent of and such that *(c)*If , , (i.e., for all ), then and there exists a constant independent of and such that *(d)*If , , , then the solution can be split into a regular and a singular part in the form * *The coefficients are given explicitly by the formula * *where is defined in (20) and the local Cartesian coordinates and are defined in (16). Moreover, there exists a constant independent of such that *

##### 4.3. Some Auxiliary Boundary Value Problems with a Parameter

Let and be given functions. We consider in this subsection the following boundary value problems with parameter on the sector domain (see Figure 1), formulated in polar coordinates: where the vector field from (52) in polar coordinates is linked to the vector field in Cartesian coordinates according to relation (36) and the scalar function from (53) is linked to the scalar function according to relation (35). The symbol denotes a positive real parameter. The interest on the boundary value problems (52) and (53) is purely mathematical and there is no evidence that these problems have any practical applications. The results obtained in this subsection will be used for the analysis of the regularity properties of the solution of Maxwell’s equations near polyhedral edges.

The main results concerning the regularity properties of the solution of the boundary value problems (52) and (53) are formulated in Theorems 10 and 11.

Theorem 10. *Let , , and , , with . Then the boundary value problem (53) has a unique variational solution : *(a)*If , then the solution and there exists a constant independent of , , and such that *(b)*If and , then there exists a coefficient such that the solution can be split as a sum of a regular and a singular part in the form * *The coefficient is given explicitly by the formula * *Furthermore, there exists a constant independent of and such that(i) as ,(ii) as .*

For the proof of Theorem 10, see [24, pp. 171–174].

Theorem 11. *Let , , and , , with . Then there exists a unique variational solution of the boundary value problem (52). If , , then there exist coefficients such that the solution can be split as a sum of a regular and a singular part in the form The coefficients are given explicitly by the formula *