*preprint*

**Inserted:** 25 feb 2019

**Year:** 2019

**Abstract:**

We propose and analyze a finite-difference discretization of the Ambrosio-Tortorelli functional. It is known that if the discretization is made with respect to an underlying periodic lattice of spacing $\delta$, the discretized functionals $\Gamma$-converge to the Mumford-Shah functional only if $\delta\ll\varepsilon$, $\varepsilon$ being the elliptic approximation parameter of the Ambrosio-Tortorelli functional. Discretizing with respect to stationary, ergodic and isotropic random lattices we prove this $\Gamma$-convergence result also for $\delta\sim\varepsilon$, a regime at which the discretization with respect to a periodic lattice converges instead to an anisotropic version of the Mumford-Shah functional.