A path integral time-domain method for electromagnetic scattering Academic Article uri icon


  • A new full wave time-domain formulation for the electromagnetic field is obtained by means of a path integral. The path integral propagator is derived via a state variable approach starting with Maxwell's differential equations in tensor form. A numerical method for evaluating the path integral is presented and numerical dispersion and stability conditions are derived and numerical error is discussed. An absorbing boundary condition is demonstrated for the one-dimensional (1-D) case. It is shown that this time domain method is characterized by the unconditional stability of the path integral equations and by its ability to propagate an electromagnetic wave at the Nyquist limit, two numerical points per wavelength. As a consequence the calculated fields are not subject to numerical dispersion. Other advantages in comparison to presently popular time-domain techniques are that it avoids time interval interleaving and it does not require the methods of linear algebra such as basis function selection or matrix methods. 2000 IEEE.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Nevels, R. D., Miller, J. A., & Miller, R. E.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Nevels, RD||Miller, JA||Miller, RE

publication date

  • January 2000