A Posteriori Error Estimates in the Maximum Norm for Parabolic Problems Academic Article uri icon


  • 2009 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. We derive a posteriori error estimates in the L((0,T]; L()) norm for approximations of solutions to linear parabolic equations. Using the elliptic reconstruction technique introduced by Makridakis and Nochetto and heat kernel estimates for linear parabolic problems, we first prove a posteriori bounds in the maximum norm for semidiscrete finite element approximations. We then establish a posteriori bounds for a fully discrete backward Euler finite element approximation. The elliptic reconstruction technique greatly simplifies our development by allowing the straightforward combination of heat kernel estimates with existing elliptic maximum norm error estimators.

published proceedings

  • SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis

author list (cited authors)

  • Demlow, A., Lakkis, O., & Makridakis, C.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Demlow, Alan||Lakkis, Omar||Makridakis, Charalambos

publication date

  • January 2009