Iterative methods for shifted positive definite linear systems and time discretization of the heat equation
Preprint, 2011

In earlier work we have studied a method for discretization in time of a parabolic problem which consists in representing the exact solution as an integral in the complex plane and then applying a quadrature formula to this integral. In application to a spatially semidiscrete finite element version of the parabolic problem, at each quadrature point one then needs to solve a linear algebraic system having a positive definite matrix with a complex shift, and in this paper we study iterative methods for such systems. We first consider the basic and a preconditioned version of the Richardson algorithm, and then a conjugate gradient method as well as a preconditioned version thereof.


finite elements

conjugate gradient method

Laplace transform


Richardson iteration


W. Maclean

Vidar Thomee

Chalmers, Matematiska vetenskaper, Matematik

Göteborgs universitet