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Title: Spectral method for a kinetic swarming model

Here we present the first numerical method for a kinetic description of the Vicsek swarming model. The kinetic model poses a unique challenge, as there is a distribution dependent collision invariant to satisfy when computing the interaction term. We use a spectral representation linked with a discrete constrained optimization to compute these interactions. To test the numerical scheme we investigate the kinetic model at different scales and compare the solution with the microscopic and macroscopic descriptions of the Vicsek model. Lastly, we observe that the kinetic model captures key features such as vortex formation and traveling waves.
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  1. Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  3. Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9991; PII: S0021999115002892
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; 11-07444; 11-07465
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Computational Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 297; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9991
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; Spectral method; Finite Volume method; Kinetic equation; Vicsek model; Hyperbolic systems