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Scattering of a Plane Wave by 1-Dimensional Dielectric Rough Surfaces Study of the Field in a Nonorthogonal Coordinate System

By Richard Dusséaux and C. Baudier
Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Vol. 37, 289-317, 2002


We present a rigorous method giving the field scattered by a dielectric plane surface with a local cylindrical perturbation illuminated by a plane wave. The theory is based on Maxwell's equations written in a nonorthogonal coordinate system. A Method of Moments (PPMoM) with Pulses for basis and weighting functions is applied for solving in the spectral domain. For several deterministic profiles, we study the influence of polarization, incidence angle and perturbation depth and show that the distance defining the far-field approximation depends on the observation angle.


Richard Dusséaux and C. Baudier, "Scattering of a Plane Wave by 1-Dimensional Dielectric Rough Surfaces Study of the Field in a Nonorthogonal Coordinate System," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Vol. 37, 289-317, 2002.


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