3D isotropic dispersion (ID)-FDTD algorithm: Update equation and characteristics analysis

Woo Tae Kim, Il Suek Koh, Jong Gwan Yook

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Three 3D isotropic dispersion-finite-difference time-domain (ID-FDTD) algorithms are formulated based on two new spatial difference equations. The difference equations approximate the spatial derivatives in Maxwell's equation using more spatial sampling points distributed in an isotropic manner. The final spatial difference equation is a weighted summation of the two new difference and the conventional central difference equations. Therefore, based on the proposed spatial difference equation and choices of the weighting factors, seven different FDTD schemes can be formulated, which include the Yee scheme. Among the seven schemes, three methods can show isotropy of the dispersion superior to that of the Yee scheme. The weighting factors for the three schemes are numerically determined to minimize the anisotropy of the dispersion by using an optimization technique. In this paper, the dispersion stability characteristics and the numerical complexity of the three ID-FDTD schemes are addressed. Also, the upper bound of the Courant number of the three ID-FDTD schemes is heuristically proposed and numerically verified. One scattering problem is considered to show the improved accuracy of the proposed ID-FDTD scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5398874
Pages (from-to)1251-1259
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr

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Manuscript received January 22, 2009; revised September 10, 2009; accepted October 22, 2009. Date of publication January 26, 2010; date of current version April 07, 2010. This work was supported in part by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD, Basic Research Promotion Fund) (KRF-2006-003-D00398) and the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Korea, under the Information Technology Research Center support program supervised by the Institute for Information Technology Advancement (IITA-2009-C1090-0904-0002).

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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