Preprint: Variational convergence of the Scharfetter-Gummel scheme

Together with Anastasiia Hraivoronska and Oliver Tse, we explore the convergence of the Scharfetter-Gummel scheme for the aggregation-diffusion equation using a variational approach. Our investigation involves obtaining a novel gradient structure for the finite volume scheme that works consistently for any nonnegative diffusion constant, which allows us to study the discrete-to-continuum and zero-diffusion limits simultaneously. The zero-diffusion limit for the Scharfetter-Gummel scheme corresponds to the upwind finite volume scheme for the aggregation equation. In both cases, we establish a convergence result in terms of gradient structures, recovering the Otto gradient flow structure for the aggregation-diffusion equation based on the 2-Wasserstein distance.

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