A powerful technique for solving electromagnetic (EM) surface integral equations (SIEs) for inhomogenous objects by the method of moments (MoM) involves the well-known RaoWiltonGlisson (RWG) basis function to represent the electric current and, for field orthogonality and numerical stability reasons, a variation of the RWG basis known as the ňx RWG basis (where ň is a unit normal vector at the object surface) to represent the magnetic current. Though this combination provides a numerically efficient and effective solution that has been demonstrated on a variety of structures, one cannot feel entirely comfortable because of the presence of fictitious magnetic current associated with the modified basis. Chen and Wilton proposed a different, smoother basis in 1990 that avoids the fictitious line charges, but because of computational cost issues it has not been used beyond Chen's dissertation. Recently, this basis was rediscovered and has received considerable attention. Our work reexamines the dual basis, exploring issues not addressed by Chen and Wilton and showing accurate solutions for a variety of EM scattering structures. © 2009 IEEE.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Basis functions; Electromagnetic (EM) scattering; Integral equation; Moment methods

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01 Dec 2009