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Finite difference time domain Simulation of the Earth-ionosphere resonant cavity: Schumann resonances

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6 Author(s)
Soriano, A. ; Dept. of Appl. Phys., Univ. of Granada, Spain ; Navarro, Enrique A. ; Paul, D.L. ; Porti, J.A.
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This paper presents a numerical approach to study the electrical properties of the Earth's atmosphere. The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique is applied to model the Earth's atmosphere in order to determine Schumann resonant frequencies of the Earth. Three-dimensional spherical coordinates are employed and the conductivity profile of the atmosphere versus height is introduced. Periodic boundary conditions are implemented in order to exploit the symmetry in rotation of the Earth and decrease computational requirements dramatically. For the first time, very accurate FDTD results are obtained, not only for the fundamental mode but also for higher order modes of Schumann resonances. The proposed method constitutes a useful tool to obtain Schumann resonant frequencies, therefore to validate electrical models for the terrestrial atmosphere, or atmospheres of other celestial bodies.

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 4 )