Split-field and anisotropic-medium PML-FDTD implementations for inhomogeneous media

Fernando L. Teixeira, Christopher D. Moss, Weng C. Chew, Jin A. Kong

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In this paper, we present three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) algorithms for transient simulation of electromagnetic-wave propagation in arbitrary inhomogeneous media, which incorporate the perfectly matched layer (PML) absorbing boundary condition. We discuss the choice of constitutive parameters inside the PML layers to match the interior inhomogeneous media for planar interfaces and corner regions. We illustrate the method using both a split-field PML-FDTD formulation in Cartesian coordinates and an anisotropic medium (unsplit) PML-FDTD formulation in cylindrical coordinates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number1 I
StatePublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Absorbing boundary condition
  • Finite-difference time domain
  • Inhomogeneous media
  • Perfectly matched layer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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