Smooth local cosine based Galerkin method for scattering problems

George Pan, Youri V. Tretiakov, Barry Gilbert

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The smooth local trigonometric (SLT) functions are employed as the basis and testing functions in the Galerkin based method of moments (MoM), and sparse impedance matrices are obtained. The basic idea of SLT is to use smooth cutoff functions to split the function and to fold overlapping parts back into the intervals so that the orthogonality of the system is preserved. Moreover, by choosing the correct trigonometric basis, rapid convergence in the case of smooth functions is ensured. The SLT system is particularly suitable to handle electrically large scatterers, where the integral kernel behaves in a highly oscillatory manner. Numerical examples demonstrate the scattering of electromagnetic waves from two-dimensional objects with smooth contours as well as with sharp edges. A comparison of the new approach versus the traditional MoM and wavelet methods is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1177-1184
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2003


  • Method of moments (MoM)
  • Scattering coefficients
  • Smooth local cosine (SLC)
  • Wavelets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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