# An efficient spectral collocation algorithm for nonlinear Phi-four equations

- Ali H Bhrawy
^{1, 2}Email author, - Laila M Assas
^{1, 3}and - Mohammed A Alghamdi
^{1}

**2013**:87

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-2770-2013-87

© Bhrawy et al.; licensee Springer 2013

**Received: **17 January 2013

**Accepted: **25 March 2013

**Published: **11 April 2013

## Abstract

A Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto collocation method is developed in this work to obtain spectral solutions for different versions of nonlinear time-dependent Phi-four equations subject to nonhomogeneous initial-boundary conditions. The node points are introduced as the roots of the orthogonal Jacobi polynomial with general parameters, *α* and *β*. The objective of this paper is thus to investigate the influence of the Jacobi spectral collocation method for solving the nonlinear Phi-four equations. Moreover, the results obtained with the different Jacobi polynomial parameters, *α* and *β* are compared to examine the accuracy of most of these parameters. The accuracy and performance of the proposed method are assessed and evaluated through solving three nonlinear problems. Some numerical experiments are presented to show the convergence and the accuracy of the proposed algorithm.

## Keywords

## 1 Introduction

Spectral methods are an efficient and highly accurate techniques adopted in applied mathematics and fluid dynamics to numerically solve linear and nonlinear differential equations and integral equations (see, *e.g.*, [1–4] and the references therein). The three well-known versions of spectral methods are the Galerkin, tau and collocation methods. The spectral collocation method is considered the simplest method with high accuracy and stability similar to the other types of spectral methods. During the last three decades, the spectral collocation method has gained increased interest in the numerical analysis field and is considered as a good candidate for solving nonlinear physical modeling problems and fractional differential equations [4–6]. The spectral collocation method offers the exponential rate of convergence as the grid is refined or the degree of the interpolation polynomial is increased.

A well-known advantage of a collocation method is that it achieves high accuracy with relatively fewer spatial grid points when compared with other numerical methods. In this direction, a new Legendre-Gauss collocation method was proposed in [7] for solving nonlinear second-order ordinary differential equations. A generalization of this approach was well studied in [8] for treating a class of fractional differential equation. Saadatmandi and Dehghan [9] introduced the Sinc-collocation approach for solving multi-point boundary value problems; in this approach, the computation of numerical solution is reduced to solve system of algebraic equations. Recently, Bhrawy and Alofi [10] proposed the shifted Jacobi-Gauss collocation approach to find an accurate solution of the Lane-Emden type equation, meanwhile, Doha *et al.* [11] developed this approach for solving nonlinear high-order multipoint boundary value problems.

Many mathematical problems arising in science and engineering have been described by the nonlinear Klein-Gordon equation. It is a relativistic version of the Schrödinger equation. Moreover, any solution to the Dirac equation is automatically a solution to the Klein-Gordon equation, but the converse is not true [12–14]. A very important particular form of the Klein-Gordon equation is the Phi-four equation; the model phenomenon in particle physics where kink and antikink solitary waves interact.

Several numerical methods have been proposed in the literature for solving nonlinear time-dependent partial differential equations, (see, [15–21]). Dehghan *et al.* [22] proposed a finite difference scheme for solving the Klein-Gordon equation. They approximated the spatial derivative by the fourth-order finite difference scheme and the resulted system of second-order ordinary differential equations in time by the implicit Runge-Kutta-Nystrom method, which has fourth-order accuracy in time. In the literature, few numerical schemes have been presented for solving the Phi-four equation. In [23], the authors obtained the singular soliton solution of the Phi-four equation, which appears in relativistic quantum mechanics by the ansatz method, and a new spectral solution was proposed based on rational Chebyshev functions on a semiinfinite domain. Some analytical methods for solving the Phi-four equation and other related equations were given in [24–31]. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, there are no results on the Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto collocation method for solving nonlinear Phi-four equations. This partially motivated our interest in such method.

In this paper, we propose an orthogonal collocation scheme for solving the Phi-four equation based on Jacobi family in which the nodes of the Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto quadrature whose distributions can be tuned by two parameters, *α* and *β*. Firstly, we apply the Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto collocation (J-GL-C) method on the model equation for discretizing spatial derivatives, using $(N-1)$ nodes of the Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto interpolation, which depends upon the two general parameters ($\alpha ,\beta >-1$). These equations together with the two-point boundary conditions, which are enforced in the collocated equation, constitute the system of $(N-1)$ ordinary differential equations (ODEs) in time. Secondly, the Runge-Kutta method of fourth-order is investigated for the time integration of the resulting nonlinear system of $(N-1)$ second-order ODEs. Finally, the accuracy of the proposed method is shown by test problems.

The outline of this paper is as follows. In Section 2, we give some properties of Jacobi polynomials. In Section 3, the J-GL-C method technique for nonlinear time-dependent Phi-four equation is implemented, and in Section 4 the proposed method is applied to three Phi-four equations. Finally, a conclusion is drawn in Section 5.

## 2 Some properties of Jacobi polynomials

*α*and

*β*, the use of Jacobi polynomials for solving differential equations has gained increasing popularity in recent years (see, [32, 33]). These orthogonal polynomials are eigenfunctions of the Sturm-Liouville equation:

where ${x}_{N,j}^{(\alpha ,\beta )}$ ($0\le j\le N$) and ${\varpi}_{N,j}^{(\alpha ,\beta )}$ ($0\le j\le N$) are the nodes and the corresponding Christoffel numbers of the Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto quadrature formula on the interval $(-1,1)$.

## 3 J-GL-C method for nonlinear Phi-four model

Since the collocation method is an efficient numerical technique for approximating various problems in physical space, including variable coefficient and nonlinear terms (see, for instance [10, 33]), we present the J-GL-C method to numerically solve the nonlinear time-dependent Phi-four equations.

### 3.1 Jacobi spectral collocation method in space dimensional

*α*and

*β*; referred to as Jacobi -Gauss-Lobatto collocation points, gives particularly accurate solutions for the spectral methods. The aim of this work is to consider the advantage of the Jacobi collocation method in a specified domain, $[-1,1]$ using the nodes of Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto quadrature. Now, we outline the main step of the J-GL-C method for solving the nonlinear Phi-four model. Let us expand the dependent variable in a Jacobi series,

where ${S}_{N}(-1,1)$ is the set of polynomials of degree less than or equal to *N*, ${x}_{N,j}^{(\alpha ,\beta )}$ ($0\le j\le N$) and ${\varpi}_{N,j}^{(\alpha ,\beta )}$ ($0\le j\le N$) are the nodes and the corresponding Christoffel numbers of the Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto quadrature formula on the interval $(-1,1)$, respectively.

**Remark 3.1** It is well known that the Legendre polynomials, the Chebyshev polynomials of the first, second, third and fourth kinds, and the ultraspherical polynomials are special cases of the Jacobi polynomials. Therefore, this work covers all the previous mentioned polynomials. More specifically, Legendre, Chebyshev and ultraspherical spectral collocation methods can be obtained as special cases from the proposed method.

### 3.2 System of differential equations in time

Thus, we can calculate the values of ${u}_{i}$, $i=1,\dots ,n$ for any time *t* and then the approximated solution (16) of the PDEs (9) can be obtained.

## 4 Numerical results

This section considers three numerical examples to demonstrate the accuracy and applicability of the proposed method in the present paper. Comparison of the results obtained by adopting different choices of the two Jacobi parameters *α* and *β* reveals that the present method is very convenient for all choices of *α* and *β* and produces highly accurate solutions to the Phi-four equations.

**Example 1**

*N*,

*α*and

*β*in the interval $[0,1]$, while the absolute errors of problem (32) are presented in Table 2 for $\alpha =\beta =\frac{1}{2}$, ${\lambda}_{1}={\lambda}_{2}={\lambda}_{3}=1$ and $N=24$ with different values of $(x,t)$ in the interval $[0,10]$.

**Maximum absolute errors with**
$\mathit{A}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{0}$
**,**
$\mathit{B}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{1}$
**and various choices of**
N
**,**
α
**and**
β
**, for Example 1**

N | α | β | ${\mathit{M}}_{\mathit{E}}$ |
---|---|---|---|

4 | 0 | 0 | 1.02 × 10 |

8 | 7.52 × 10 | ||

12 | 2.96 × 10 | ||

4 | $\frac{1}{2}$ | $\frac{1}{2}$ | 1.67 × 10 |

8 | 1.40 × 10 | ||

12 | 3.00 × 10 | ||

4 | $-\frac{1}{2}$ | $-\frac{1}{2}$ | 6.67 × 10 |

8 | 2.96 × 10 | ||

12 | 2.84 × 10 |

**Absolute errors with**
$\mathit{A}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{0}$
**,**
$\mathit{B}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{10}$
**,**
$\mathit{\alpha}\mathbf{=}\mathit{\beta}\mathbf{=}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{2}}$
**,**
$\mathit{N}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{24}$
**and various choices of**
x
**,**
t
**, for Example 1**

x | t | E |
---|---|---|

0 | 0.1 | 3.08 × 10 |

1 | 5.33 × 10 | |

2 | 4.53 × 10 | |

3 | 2.13 × 10 | |

4 | 4.37 × 10 | |

5 | 4.37 × 10 | |

6 | 3.57 × 10 | |

7 | 6.56 × 10 | |

8 | 4.77 × 10 | |

9 | 7.96 × 10 | |

10 | 3.08 × 10 | |

0 | 0.2 | 2.87 × 10 |

1 | 5.12 × 10 | |

2 | 2.04 × 10 | |

3 | 2.96 × 10 | |

4 | 7.97 × 10 | |

5 | 2.45 × 10 | |

6 | 2.63 × 10 | |

7 | 4.35 × 10 | |

8 | 1.87 × 10 | |

9 | 4.43 × 10 | |

10 | 2.87 × 10 |

*t*(0, 0.5 and 0.9) of problem (32) are completely coinciding in the case of $\alpha =\beta =\frac{1}{2}$, ${\lambda}_{1}={\lambda}_{2}={\lambda}_{3}=1$, $\nu =2$ and $N=24$. Moreover, the approximate solution of problem 32 where $\alpha =-\beta =\frac{1}{2}$, ${\lambda}_{1}={\lambda}_{2}={\lambda}_{3}=1$, $\nu =2$ and $N=20$ is plotted in Figure 2, while the absolute error of (32) with $\alpha =\beta =-\frac{1}{2}$, ${\lambda}_{1}={\lambda}_{2}={\lambda}_{3}=1$, $\nu =2$ and $N=4$ is displayed in Figure 3. This assertion that the obtained numerical results are very accurate and compare favorably with the exact solution.

**Example 2**

*N*,

*α*and

*β*. Moreover, in Table 4, we introduce absolute errors using the J-GL-C method for the special value $-\alpha =\beta =\frac{1}{2}$ (Chebyshev polynomials of the third kind) and $N=12$.

**Maximum absolute errors with**
$\mathit{A}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{0}$
**,**
$\mathit{B}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{1}$
**and various choices of**
N
**,**
α
**and**
β
**, for Example 2**

N | α | β | ${\mathit{M}}_{\mathit{E}}$ |
---|---|---|---|

4 | 0 | 0 | 7.38 × 10 |

8 | 1.26 × 10 | ||

12 | 7.20 × 10 | ||

4 | $\frac{1}{2}$ | $\frac{1}{2}$ | 11.55 × 10 |

8 | 2.49 × 10 | ||

12 | 1.82 × 10 | ||

4 | $-\frac{1}{2}$ | $-\frac{1}{2}$ | 4.61 × 10 |

8 | 4.39 × 10 | ||

12 | 3.17 × 10 |

**Absolute errors with**
$\mathit{A}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{0}$
**,**
$\mathit{B}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{1}$
**,**
$\mathbf{-}\mathit{\alpha}\mathbf{=}\mathit{\beta}\mathbf{=}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{2}}$
**,**
$\mathit{N}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{12}$
**and various choices of**
x
**,**
t
**for Example 2**

x | t | E |
---|---|---|

0 | 0.1 | 1.97 × 10 |

0.1 | 6.05 × 10 | |

0.2 | 6.21 × 10 | |

0.3 | 5.64 × 10 | |

0.4 | 1.04 × 10 | |

0.5 | 8.99 × 10 | |

0.6 | 1.31 × 10 | |

0.7 | 1.18 × 10 | |

0.8 | 1.42 × 10 | |

0.9 | 7.16 × 10 | |

1 | 7.89 × 10 | |

0 | 0.2 | 1.12 × 10 |

1 | 1.49 × 10 | |

0.2 | 6.11 × 10 | |

0.3 | 6.01 × 10 | |

0.4 | 8.29 × 10 | |

0.5 | 1.08 × 10 | |

0.6 | 1.03 × 10 | |

0.7 | 1.33 × 10 | |

0.8 | 7.60 × 10 | |

0.9 | 2.35 × 10 | |

1 | 4.47 × 10 |

**Example 3**

*N*,

*α*and

*β*, while the absolute errors are presented in Table 6 for $\alpha =\beta =\frac{1}{2}$ (Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind) and $N=12$ at different values of $(x,t)$.

**Maximum absolute errors with**
$\mathit{A}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{0}$
**,**
$\mathit{B}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{1}$
**, and various choices of**
N
**,**
α
**and**
β
**, for Example 3**

N | α | β | ${\mathit{M}}_{\mathit{E}}$ |
---|---|---|---|

4 | 0 | 0 | 6.59 × 10 |

8 | 2.20 × 10 | ||

12 | 1.36 × 10 | ||

4 | $\frac{1}{2}$ | $\frac{1}{2}$ | 8.66 × 10 |

8 | 4.35 × 10 | ||

12 | 1.36 × 10 | ||

4 | $-\frac{1}{2}$ | $-\frac{1}{2}$ | 4.40 × 10 |

8 | 7.74 × 10 | ||

12 | 7.56 × 10 |

**Absolute errors with**
$\mathit{A}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{0}$
**,**
$\mathit{B}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{1}$
**,**
$\mathit{\alpha}\mathbf{=}\mathit{\beta}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{-}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{2}}$
**,**
$\mathit{N}\mathbf{=}\mathbf{12}$
**and various choices of**
x
**,**
t
**for Example 3**

x | t | E |
---|---|---|

0 | 0.1 | 3.71 × 10 |

0.1 | 4.08 × 10 | |

0.2 | 3.95 × 10 | |

0.3 | 3.04 × 10 | |

0.4 | 2.05 × 10 | |

0.5 | 1.92 × 10 | |

0.6 | 2.32 × 10 | |

0.7 | 1.56 × 10 | |

0.8 | 2.35 × 10 | |

0.9 | 1.81 × 10 | |

1 | 2.04 × 10 | |

0 | 0.2 | 3.28 × 10 |

0.1 | 4.64 × 10 | |

0.2 | 5.20 × 10 | |

0.3 | 4.28 × 10 | |

0.4 | 3.05 × 10 | |

0.5 | 3.48 × 10 | |

0.6 | 5.31 × 10 | |

0.7 | 5.00 × 10 | |

0.8 | 1.20 × 10 | |

0.9 | 2.16 × 10 | |

1 | 4.49 × 10 |

*t*($t=0,0.5,0.9$) of problem (42) are completely coincide for all values of

*x*in the interval $x\in [-1,1]$. The approximate solution is plotted in Figure 8 with values of parameters listed in its caption, and the absolute error using J-GL-C method is displayed in Figure 9. From the presented results, it can be concluded that the numerical solutions are in excellent agreement with the exact solutions.

## 5 Conclusions

In this paper, we have implemented the Jacobi-Gauss-Lobatto collocation method with different parameters, *α* and *β* in the Jacobi family to solve the nonlinear time-dependent Phi-four problem. The Jacobi collocation method in space reduces Phi-four equation to a system of second-order ordinary differential equations in time, which can be solved by fourth-order implicit Runge-Kutta method. The numerical results demonstrate that the proposed J-GL-C method is accurate and efficient. Comparison of the results obtained by adopting different choices of the two Jacobi parameters *α* and *β* reveals that the present method was very convenient for all choices of *α* and *β*, and produces highly accurate solutions to the nonlinear Phi-four equations.

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Deanship of Scientific Research of King Abdulaziz University. The authors would like to thank the reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions to improve the quality of the article.

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