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Exponential decay of a finite volume scheme to the thermal equilibrium for drift–diffusion systems

Marianne Bessemoulin-Chatard and Claire Chainais-Hillairet

Abstract

In this paper, we study the large-time behavior of a numerical scheme discretizing drift–diffusion systems for semiconductors. The numerical method is finite volume in space, implicit in time, and the numerical fluxes are a generalization of the classical Scharfetter–Gummel scheme which allows to consider both linear or nonlinear pressure laws.

We study the convergence of approximate solutions towards an approximation of the thermal equilibrium state as time tends to infinity, and obtain a decay rate by controlling the discrete relative entropy with the entropy production. This result is proved under assumptions of existence and uniform in time L-estimates for numerical solutions, which are then discussed. We conclude by presenting some numerical illustrations of the stated results.

JEL Classification: 65M08; 82D37

Funding statement: The first author thanks the project ANR-12-IS01-0004 GeoNum and the project ANR-14-CE25-0001 Achylles for their partial financial contributions. The second author thanks the team Inria/Rapsodi, the ANR MOONRISE and the Labex CEMPI (ANR-11-LABX-0007-01) for their support.

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Received: 2016-1-15
Revised: 2016-7-21
Accepted: 2016-7-31
Published Online: 2016-7-31
Published in Print: 2017-9-26

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