Scattering from rough surfaces using the 'shooting and bouncing rays' (SBR) technique and comparison with the method of moments solutions

Adel M. Marzougui, Steven J Franke

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A novel approach to the rough surface scattering problem, namely the shooting and bouncing rays (SBR) technique, is described. This method is based on a combination of the geometric optics theory and the physical optics theory. A dense grid of geometric optics rays representing the incident wave is shot onto the surface and followed as the rays bounced between the irregularities of the surface. Then, in order to obtain the scattered field, the physical optics theory is used to integrate the surface fields. This technique requires the radius of curvature of the surface to be much greater than the wavelength, yet the effects of multiple scattering and shadowing are automatically included. Agreement between the SBR and method-of-moments results for both periodic and random rough surfaces has demonstrated the feasibility and the accuracy of the SBR technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1540-1543
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, AP-S International Symposium (Digest)
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990
Event1990 Antennas and Propagation Symposium Digest - Dallas, TX, USA
Duration: May 7 1990May 11 1990


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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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