Last update of "Alain Bossavit at TUT": Mar. 25, 2014
( Recent additions: Scans of old papers on vector computers and vector algorithms [posted, March 2014], and on computational electromagnetism [posted, Dec. 2013, Jan. 2014]. Woudschoten 2011 tutorial on mimetic methods [posted, Oct. 2013]. Old stuff on complementarity [posted, Oct. 2013], on forces [posted, Nov. 13], on modelling [posted, Dec. 13]. Compumag 2013 final version (4 pp.) and slideshow.)
Born May 4, 1942
École polytechnique, promotion 61
PhD Paris 6, 1971 (Numerical Analysis)
Électricité de France, 1971-2002
Tampere University of Technology, 1997-
LGEP, 11 Rue Joliot-Curie,
91192 Gif-sur-Yvette CEDEX, France
bossavit at lgep dot supelec dot fr
33(0)1 6941 8318
(Latest ones: NELIA conf. at Santiago de Compostela, Oct. 2011; Tutorial on mimetic methods, Zeist (NL), Oct. 2011; Feb. 2011 update of a tutorial on homogenization of metamaterials, Marrakech, May 2008.)
there, most of them downloadable.
To get the list of publications as a .pdf document (72 kO), click
Main areas of interest:
- Numerical Methods for PDE's
- Applied Differential Geometry
- Electromagnetic Forces, Coupled Problems
- Numerical Computation of Electromagnetic Fields
- Electromagnetic theory
- Geometry of electromagnetism
- Finite elements
- Propagation problems
- Homogenization (of metamaterials, in particular)
- "Small parameter" problems in electromagnetism
Researching a book on the geometry of electromagnetism.
Some material for this work can be downloaded (in .ps and/or .pdf format):
you may find a small book (150 pp. as a single
about 700 kO, or .ps, about 1100 kO), drafted in 1990, entitled
Differential Geometry for the Student of
Numerical Methods in Electromagnetism,
the last chapter of which introduces Maxwell's equations in differential-geometric language.
This purported to be an elementary course, which deserves its title by not containing
anything about numerical methods.
Less ancient, more numerics-oriented, the
"Japanese papers", a serial published from 1998
to 2000 in J. Japan Society Appl. Electromagn. & Mech. The substance of these papers, rehashed and completed by a tutorial on Whitney forms, later made
Discretization of electromagnetic problems,
which can be found here. This was a contribution to a tutorial
depository set up by the ICM Institute in Warsaw. Other tutorials or lecture notes are there, including a course in Convex Analysis (CA) and a "Compendium on Applied Differential Geometry" (Applied differential geometry), a
terse 30-page introduction to those differential geometric concepts
that underlie Maxwell's theory, which I used to describe as a "work in progress", but more aptly characterized as "stalled" for the time being.
A slightly updated version of Discretization of electromagnetic problems can now be found in the Handbook of Numerical Analysis, Vol. 13, Elsevier (Amsterdam), 2005, pp. 105-97. (Blurb.) A French rewriting became
Chapter 1, Géométrie de l'électromagnétisme et éléments finis, of a 2003 Hermès-Lavoisier
treatise edited by G. Meunier, described
here and downloadable from this page (scroll down).
Japanese readers may find similar material in this book,
coauthored with H. Igarashi, A. Kameari, Y. Kagawa, I. Nishiguchi in 2003.
(Errata sheets, in .pdf format, less than 100 kO. Please download... Omission reports welcome.)
Méthodes numériques en électromagnétisme,
Eyrolles (Paris), 1991.
(With C. Emson and I. Mayergoyz.
English translation, later, produced DGSNME, described above.)
Électromagnétisme, en vue de la modélisation,
Springer-Verlag (Paris), 1994.
Academic Press (Boston), 1998.
This one, out of print, can be downloaded here, in .pdf format (errata
corrected). First print out the
front pages, which contain a template to help you check on fonts and dimensions. (The format of a page should be 117 x 196 mm.) Carry on with
Most files around 300k, summing up to 3.5 MO.
Géométrie de l'électromagnétisme et éléments finis,
Hermès-Lavoisier (Paris), 2003.
Errata (last touch, Dec. 2010).
This fell out of print in Feb. 2007. Can be downloaded here, in .pdf format (errata corrected, 129 pp., 840 kO).