Solving Maxwell’s equations from zero to microwave frequencies

W. C. Chew, J. S. Zhao, J. M. Song

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We discuss the solution of the Maxwell’s equations from static to microwave frequencies. First, we review the fast multipole method and the multilevel fast multipole algorithm we have developed for electrodynamic problems. Next, we discuss the problem encountered when electromagnetic problems are solved at very low frequencies. For such problems, we develop a new method to precondition the matrix equation resulting from applying method of moments (MOM) to the EFIE. This preconditioning method is based on first. applying the loop-tree or loop-star decomposition of the currents to arrive at a Helmholtz decomposition of the unknown currents. However, the MOM matrix thus obtained cannot be solved efficiently by iterative solvers still due to the required large number of iterations. We propose a permutation of the loop-tree or loop-star currents by a connection matrix, to arrive at a current basis that yields a MOM matrix that can be solved efficiently by iterative solvers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Event30th Plasmadynamic and Lasers Conference, 1999 - Norfolk, United States
Duration: Jun 28 1999Jul 1 1999


Other30th Plasmadynamic and Lasers Conference, 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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