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Some considerations for using the finite difference time domain technique to analyze microwave integrated circuits

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4 Author(s)
Litva, J. ; Commun. Res. Lab., McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ont., Canada ; Chen Wu ; Ke-Li Wu ; Chen, J.

The authors describe the incorporation of the autoregressive method (AR model) and Litva's dispersive boundary condition (DBC) into the finite-difference time-domain method (FD-TD). It is found that the performance of the FD-TD technique is greatly enhanced when used to simulate microwave passive circuits. The results of this study show that for the analysis of typical high-Q circuits, CPU-time savings of up to 90% can be realized by combining AR model and FD-TD. After testing a number of different 50-ohm microstrip lines, the authors conclude that DBC shows good performance and gives excellent results when implemented with FD-TD, if the parameters are chosen properly. The use of this boundary condition can result in a considerable improvement in the accuracy of FD-TD simulations. These results help to demonstrate the usefulness of incorporating both the DBC and AR model with the FD-TD algorithm when analyzing practical microwave circuits.<>

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Microwave and Guided Wave Letters, IEEE  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 12 )