Oliver Thoma and Christian Meyer of the Chair of Scientific Computing at TU Dortmund and I submitted a paper on the optimal control of the inhomogeneous relativistic Maxwell Newton Lorentz equations. The abstract reads
This note is concerned with an optimal control problem governed by the relativistic Maxwell-Newton-Lorentz equations, which describes the motion of charges particles in electro-magnetic fields and consists of a hyperbolic PDE system coupled with a nonlinear ODE. An external magnetic field acts as control variable. Additional control constraints are incorporated by introducing a scalar magnetic potential which leads to an additional state equation in form of a very weak elliptic PDE. Existence and uniqueness for the state equation is shown and the existence of a global optimal control is established. Moreover, first-order necessary optimality conditions in form of Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions are derived. A numerical test illustrates the theoretical findings.
Please find the preprint on arXiv.