ECE Course Outline

ECE7380

Topics in Computational Electromagnetics (3-0-3)

Prerequisites
ECE 6350
Corequisites
None
Catalog Description
Computational approaches for applications such as radar signature prediction, microwave antenna and device design, and modeling techniques for electronic packaging.
Textbook(s)
Peterson, Ray & Mittra, Computational Methods for Electromagnetics, IEEE Press, 1998. ISBN 9780262110747 (required)

Topical Outline
Electromagnetic Theory
  Equivalence principles
  Source-field relationships in homogeneous space
  Formulation of integral equations
  Relationship between radar scattering, antenna radiation, and microwave 
  devices

Integral Equation Methods:  The Method of Moments
  EFIE and MFIE formulations for conducting and dielectric bodies
  The method of Moments:  Discretization error and convergence
  Uniqueness issues:  Internal resonances and the combined-field integral
  equation
  Analysis of diffraction gratings:  Green's function acceleration 
  procedures
  Axisymmetric 3D structures
  Vector formulations for 3D structures
  Entire-domain versus subsectional representations

Differential Equation Methods:  The Finite Element Method
  The Finite Element Method applied to the scalar and vector Helmholtz 
  equations
  Radiation boundary conditions for open structures
  Interpolation and dispersion error analysis
  Elimination of spurious modes
  Vector finite elements for dielectric-loaded waveguide and 3D scattering
  applications

Other Topics (time permitting)
  Algorithms for the direct and iterative solution of linear systems
  The fast multipole method
  Quadrature algorithms for singularities and multidimensional applications
  Survey of available commerical software packages