A new fast-multipole accelerated poisson solver in two dimensions

Frank Ethridge, Leslie Greengard

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We present an adaptive fast multipole method for solving the Poisson equation in two dimensions. The algorithm is direct, assumes that the source distribution is discretized using an adaptive quad-tree, and allows for Dirichlet, Neumann, periodic, and free-space conditions to be imposed on the boundary of a square. The amount of work per grid point is comparable to that of classical fast solvers, even for highly nonuniform grids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-760
Number of pages20
JournalSIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


  • Adaptive refinement
  • Fast Poisson solver
  • Fast multipole method
  • Poisson equation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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