Multilevel fast-multipole algorithm for scattering from conducting targets above or embedded in a lossy half space
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.
Geng, N; Sullivan, A; Carin, L
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