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Title: Advanced operator-splitting-based semi-implicit spectral method to solve the binary phase-field crystal equations with variable coefficients
Authors: Tegze, G
Bansel, G
Toth, GI
Pusztai, T
Fan, Z
Granasy, L
Keywords: Operator Splitting; Spectral Methods; Phase-Field Crystal
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: We present an efficient method to solve numerically the equations of dissipative dynamics of the binary phase-field crystal model proposed by Elder et al. [Phys. Rev. B 75, 064107 (2007)] characterized by variable coefficients. Using the operator splitting method, the problem has been decomposed into sub-problems that can be solved more efficiently. A combination of non-trivial splitting with spectral semi-implicit solution leads to sets of algebraic equations of diagonal matrix form. Extensive testing of the method has been carried out to find the optimum balance among errors associated with time integration, spatial discretization, and splitting. We show that our method speeds up the computations by orders of magnitude relative to the conventional explicit finite difference scheme, while the costs of the pointwise implicit solution per timestep remains low. Also we show that due to its numerical dissipation, finite differencing can not compete with spectral differencing in terms of accuracy. In addition, we demonstrate that our method can efficiently be parallelized for distributed memory systems, where an excellent scalability with the number of CPUs is observed.
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Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST)

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