Novel BI-FDTD approach for the analysis of chiral cylinders and spheres

Andrey Semichaevsky, Alkim Akyurtlu, Douglas Kern, Douglas H. Werner, Matthew G. Bray

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A versatile time-domain technique, known as bi-isotropic finite difference time domain (BI-FDTD), has recently been introduced for the numerical analysis of electromagnetic wave interactions with complex bi-isotropic media. However, to date only one-dimensional BI-FDTD schemes have been successfully implemented. This paper presents novel two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) dispersive BI-FDTD formulations for the first time. The update equations for these new 2-D and 3-D BI-FDTD approaches are developed and applied to the analysis of electromagnetic wave scattering by chiral cylinders and spheres in free space. The distinctive feature of this technique is the use of two independent sets of wavefields representing the left- and right-polarized waves in the chiral medium. This wavefield decomposition approach allows dispersive models for the chirality parameter as well as the permittivity and permeability of the medium to be readily incorporated into an FDTD scheme. The 2-D and 3-D BI-FDTD simulation results are compared with available analytical solutions for the scattering from a circular chiral cylinder and a chiral sphere respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)925-932
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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