I am not sure if Mathematica is capable of solving integral equations in 2D/3D. I found this page in the documentation, but this is just for 1D.

The following is what I would like to solve, it can considered an electromagnetics problem but that is besides the point. Let the incident field $u_{x_0}^{in}(x)$ by given by a point source at $x_0$:$$ u_{x_0}^{in}(x) = \frac{e^{ik|x-x_0|}}{4\pi|x-x_0|}, $$ Then, I need to find $\varphi \in L^2(\Gamma) $ such that$$ S_\Gamma^k[\varphi](x) = u_{x_0}^{in}(x), \quad \quad \forall x \in \Gamma, $$ where $$ S_\Gamma^k[\varphi](x) := \int_\Gamma \frac{e^{ik|x-y|}}{4\pi|x-y|}\varphi(y) \, \mathrm{dS}(y), $$ and $\Gamma \in \mathbb{R}^3$ is the triangle defined by its vertices as $$\Gamma := \{v_1,v_2,v_3\}, $$ with \begin{align} v_1 & = (4,0,0), \\ v_2 & = (8,0,0), \\ v_1 & = (6,2,0). \end{align}

The problem is in 3D, but the domain of integration is a 2D triangle on the $x$-$y$ plane, with a singular integrand when $x=y$.

Is it possible to solve this problemwith Mathematica?

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    $\begingroup$ It is possible, but there is no built-in BEM-method, yet. So one has to implement everything by hand. $\endgroup$ Mar 6, 2019 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ @HenrikSchumacher That's a pity, hopefully they'll implement some BEM routines in the near future! $\endgroup$ Mar 6, 2019 at 9:56
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    $\begingroup$ @MK Well, integral equations of such type actually do appear in BEM. The problem is to implement the matrix-vector multiplication in an efficient way (e.g., by fast multipole method or hierarchical matrices). Another issue is to find a good iterative solver. I know that multigrid-preconditioned CG-method works exceptionally well here... $\endgroup$ Mar 6, 2019 at 10:31
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    $\begingroup$ I actually work at something in that direction but my code is really, really experimental (and so far only for the 2D-case (so integration goes along a curve)). Unfortunately, I cannot find the time at the moment to finish this project. As for the linear solver, this post might be of interest. I also work at a tool for mesh-decimation for producing a multigrid hierarchy; this one is somewhat more mature; maybe I manage to post it on the upcoming weekend (but I would not bet on that). $\endgroup$ Mar 6, 2019 at 10:32
  • $\begingroup$ 1. Although it might be related, the posted equation is not BEM. 2. Could you be more precise with your notation: x and y are once used as different points in 3D space and then as Cartesian coordinates of one of them? 3. Your write that \phi is in \Gamma, which does not make sense: \varphi is a function that takes a complex value and elements of \Gamma are points in 3D space. Maybe you mean that the function is defined on this 2D domain? 4. If your source point x_0 is in \Gamma, then you can sole it analytically, namely Dirac delta of y-x_0 is a solution. $\endgroup$
    – MK.
    Mar 6, 2019 at 10:34


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