### Abstract

© 2019 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. We propose and analyze a reliable and efficient a posteriori error estimator for the pointwise tracking optimal control problem of the Stokes equations. This linear-quadratic optimal control problem entails the minimization of a cost functional that involves point evaluations of the velocity field that solves the state equations. This leads to an adjoint problem with a linear combination of Dirac measures as a forcing term and whose solution exhibits reduced regularity properties. We also consider constraints on the control variable. The proposed a posteriori error estimator can be decomposed as the sum of four contributions: three contributions related to the discretization of the state and adjoint equations and another contribution that accounts for the discretization of the control variable. On the basis of the devised a posteriori error estimator, we design a simple adaptive strategy that illustrates our theory and exhibits a competitive performance.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | A2967-A2998 |

Number of pages | 0 |

Journal | SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Jan 2019 |

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Allendes, A., Fuica, F., Otarola, E., & Quero, D. (2019). An adaptive FEM for the pointwise tracking optimal control problem of the Stokes equations.

*SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing*, A2967-A2998. https://doi.org/10.1137/18M1222363