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A new finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) algorithm for efficient field computation in resonator narrow-band structures

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2 Author(s)
R. Mittra ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; P. H. Harms

It is pointed out that the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) algorithm is a versatile method capable of solving a variety of problems from circuit component characterization to radiation analyses, but it exhibits slowness in convergence when employed for the study of resonant structures, because their transient responses often exhibit a ringing behavior for a long time. Here, an approach, called the FDTD-update algorithm, that can substantially improve the convergence properties of the FDTD method when used to compute the response of resonant type structures a single frequency at a time is described. The filtering behavior of the algorithm is demonstrated by considering the problem of coupling into a cavity. Application to other problems is illustrated by solving the microstrip patch antenna configuration, for which the update algorithm is shown to enhance the accuracy of the results.<>

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IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 9 )