Versatile and accurate schemes of discretization for the electromagnetic scattering analysis of arbitrarily shaped piecewise homogeneous objects
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The discretization by the method of moments (MoM) of integral equations in the electromagnetic scattering analysis most often relies on divergence-conforming basis functions, such as the Rao–Wilton–Glisson (RWG) set, which preserve the normal continuity of the expanded currents across the edges arising from the discretization of the target boundary. Although for such schemes the boundary integrals become free from hypersingular kernel-contributions, which is numerically advantageous, their practical implementation in real-life scenarios becomes particularly cumbersome. Indeed, the application of the normal continuity condition on composite objects becomes elaborate and convoluted at junction-edges, where several regions intersect. Also, such edge-based schemes cannot even be applied to nonconformal meshes, where adjacent facets may not share single matching edges. In this paper, we present nonconforming schemes of discretization for the scattering analysis of complex objects based on the expansion of the boundary unknowns, electric or magnetic currents, with the facet-based monopolar-RWG set. We show with examples how these schemes exhibit great flexibility when handling composite piecewise homogeneous objects with junctions or targets modeled with nonconformal meshes. Furthermore, these schemes offer improved near- and far-field accuracy in the scattering analysis of electrically small single sharp-edged dielectric targets with moderate or high dielectric contrasts.
CitationSekulic, I., Ubeda, E., Rius, J. Versatile and accurate schemes of discretization for the electromagnetic scattering analysis of arbitrarily shaped piecewise homogeneous objects. "Journal of computational physics", 1 Desembre 2018, vol. 374, p. 478-494.
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