ABSTRACTThe eikonal equation with point source is difficult to solve with high order accuracy because of the singularity of the solution at the source. All the formally high order schemes turn out to be first order accurate without special treatment of this singularity. Adaptive upwind finite difference methods based on high order ENO (Essentially NonOscillatory) RungeKutta difference schemes for the paraxial eikonal equation overcome this difficulty. The method controls error by automatic grid refinement and coarsening based on an a posteriori error estimation. It achieves prescribed accuracy at far lower cost than fixed grid methods. Reliable auxiliary quantities, such as takeoff angle and geometrical spreading factor, are byproducts.
