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We examine two spurious numerical artifacts of the complex envelope (CE) alternating-direction-implicit finite-difference time-domain (ADI-FDTD) method, viz. spurious charges and anomalous wave propagation (modes with positive phase velocity and negative group velocity). These artifacts are also present in the conventional ADI-FDTD; however, the spurious charges in CE-ADI-FDTD have a fundamental distinction from those of ADI-FDTD: they are static in ADI-FDTD and implicitly time-harmonic in CE-ADI-FDTD. Spurious charges are particularly detrimental to CE-ADI-FDTD simulations because they produce secondary radiation. We also show that spurious charges can be reduced by a fixed-point iterative correction in CE-ADI-FDTD.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2009