Regularization error estimates for distributed control problems in energy spaces

Olaf Steinbach*, Martin Neumüller

*Corresponding author for this work

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For tracking type distributed optimal control problems subject to second-order elliptic partial differential equations, we analyze the regularization error of the state u ϱ and the target (Formula presented.) with respect to the regularization parameter ϱ. The main focus is on the regularization in the energy space H −1(Ω), but we also consider the regularization in L 2(Ω) for comparison. While there is no difference in the regularization error estimates when considering suitable target functions (Formula presented.), we obtain a higher-order convergence in the relaxation parameter ϱ when considering the control in the energy space H −1(Ω), which also affects the approximation of the target (Formula presented.) by the state u ϱ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4176–4191
Number of pages16
JournalMathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2021


  • distributed control problem
  • regularization error estimates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Mathematics(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing


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