Use of non-uniform grids for reduced spatial sampling in FDTD simulation

Aravind Ramachandran, Andreas C. Cangellaris

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An algorithm for the generation of non-uniform finite-difference grids for the analysis of electrically long wave propagating structures is presented. The methodology is based on the use of a Padé-Chebyshev approximation of the input impedance of the discrete model of the electrically-long dimension of the structure, generated using an equidistant grid, and the subsequent use of the Lanczos algorithm to cast the approximation in terms of a reduced-order model that is interpreted in terms of a non-uniform grid of reduced spatial sampling. A numerical study is used to demonstrate that structures with non-uniform material properties can be modeled using a non-uniform grid constructed for the simpler case of a uniform structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-159
Number of pages4
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 2008


  • FDTD
  • Gaussian spectral rule
  • Lanczos algorithm
  • Padé-Chebyshev approximation
  • Transmission line

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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