Fast algorithms for layered media

Weng Cho Chew, Bin Hu, Y. C. Pan, L. J. Jiang

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This paper gives an overview of computational electromagnetics for simulating complex structures with a large number of unknowns using integral equation method. First, it discusses the pros and cons of differential equation solvers versus integral equation solvers. Then it gives an overview of different fast algorithms for solving integral equations. It also discusses the difficulty of solving electromagnetic problems in the "twilight zone" between static and full-wave electromagnetics. Finally, it discusses various methods for fast solutions of scattering and coupling problems involving layered media both for statics and dynamic problems, and presents some numerical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-617
Number of pages14
JournalComptes Rendus Physique
Issue number6 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - 2005


  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Integral equations solvers
  • Layered media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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