Multilevel fast-multipole algorithm for scattering from conducting targets above or embedded in a lossy half space


Journal Article

An extension of the multilevel fast multipole algorithm (MLFMA), originally developed for targets in free space, is presented for the electromagnetic scattering from arbitrarily shaped three-dimensional (3-D), electrically large, perfectly conducting targets above or embedded within a lossy half space. We have developed and implemented electric-field, magnetic-field, and combined-field integral equations for this purpose. The nearby terms in the MLFMA framework are evaluated by using the rigorous half-space dyadic Green's function, computed via the method of complex images. Non-nearby (far) MLFMA interactions, handled efficiently within the multilevel clustering construct, employ an approximate dyadic Green's function. This is expressed in terms of a direct-radiation term plus a single real image (representing the asymptotic far-field Green's function), with the image amplitude characterized by the polarization-dependent Fresnel reflection coefficient. Examples are presented to validate the code through comparison with a rigorous method-of-moments (MoM) solution. Finally, results are presented for scattering from a model unexploded ordnance (UXO) embedded in soil and for a realistic 3-D vehicle over soil.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Geng, N; Sullivan, A; Carin, L

Published Date

  • July 1, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 4 I

Start / End Page

  • 1561 - 1573

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0196-2892

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/36.851956

Citation Source

  • Scopus