The scattering of left circularly polarized wave from a perfectly electric conducting (PEC) rough surface in isotropic chiral media is investigated. Since a slightly rough interface is assumed, the solution is obtained using perturbation method. Zeroth-order term corresponds to solution for a flat interface which helps in making a comparison with the results reported in the literature. First-order term gives the contribution from the surface perturbations, and it is used to define incoherent bistatic scattering coefficients for a Gaussian rough surface. Higher order solution is obtained in a recursive manner. Numerical results are reported for different values of chirality, correlation length, and rms height of the surface. Diffraction efficiency is defined for a sinusoidal grating.

1. Introduction

Scattering from rough surfaces is an interdisciplinary research field which has many applications in optics, communication, and remote sensing. The simplest possible problem is an impenetrable rough interface, and the solution has widely been investigated [1]. The method of analysis can be analytical model such as perturbation methods (PMs) [2, 3], Kirchhoff approximation (KA) [4, 5], and extended boundary condition method [6].

The regions of validity of PM and KA are also well defined [7, 8]. In general, PM is applied to the surface of small height. There can be an additional condition on small slopes. KA is applied to surfaces having larger radius of curvature compared with a wavelength. Numerical values of parameters such as rms height and correlation length of the surface vary with incident angle in defining the region of validity.

Numerical methods such as method of moments (MoM) [9], finite-difference time domain method (FDTDM) [10], and finite element method (FEM) [11] may also be selected to study rough surface scattering. They offer many advantages in terms of modeling and accuracy, but analytical methods are mostly applied to get more understanding of the scattering phenomena.

Scattering from a penetrable surface has been discussed in [12]. An application has been proposed to calculate the brightness temperature. Thermal emission from a layered medium bounded by a slightly rough interface has been calculated in [13]. Analytic height correlation function of rough surfaces derived from light scattering is reported in [14]. Recently, the scattering of torsional guided waves from Gaussian rough surfaces in pipe work has been discussed [15]. Full wave electromagnetic scattering from rough surfaces with buried inhomogeneities is presented by Duan and Moghaddam [16].

A chiral medium has widely been explored, and many applications have been proposed in chemistry, optics, elementary particle physics, and electromagnetics [17, 18]. Right- and left-hand circularly polarized waves have different refraction indices and different velocities in chiral medium. Consistency of hydrodynamic approximation for chiral media has been discussed by Avdoshkin et al. [19]. Resonant absorption and amplification of circularly polarized waves in inhomogeneous chiral media is studied in [20]. Bassiri et al. [21] studied the electromagnetic wave propagation and radiation in chiral media. The effect of chirality on the polarization and intensity of the radiation from a dipole is discussed. Radiation from a layered chiral medium excited by an interior dipole is presented in [22]. Reflection from a chiral interface has been studied by many researchers [2325]. In [23], the behavior of plane waves at the planar interfaces of mirror-conjugated chiral medium is explained. It is reported that the use of an imaging theory for chiral media is complicated for scattering problems in general since not only do the sources get imaged but the medium does also. Specifically, reflection from a PEC interface in chiral media has been evaluated in [24]. It has been demonstrated that such a conducting plane could be used for focusing in the strong chiral medium. Electromagnetic scattering from a perfectly conducting obstacle in a homogeneous chiral environment is discussed in [25].

In all the above cited work, the interfaces are assumed to be flat. At some frequencies, the interface can behave rough. The roughness affects the wave propagation, radiation, and scattering properties. The applications of rough surface scattering can be found in antenna theory, communication, and remote sensing. In this paper, the problem of reflection from a PEC rough interface placed in chiral medium is presented. Rayleigh hypothesis is utilized to get the scattered field. Zeroth-order solution obtained by PMs is used to make a comparison with that of a PEC flat interface in chiral media. Section 2 contains theoretical formulation, while numerical results are reported in Section 3. An time dependence is assumed and suppressed throughout.

2. Theoretical Formulation

Consider a PEC rough surface placed in a chiral medium as shown in Figure 1. The chiral medium is defined by the following constitutive relations [23]:where ϵ, μ, and β are the permittivity, permeability, and chirality of the medium, respectively. The profile of the rough surface is defined as .

A left circularly polarized (LCP) plane wave is incident on the surface at an angle with the z-axis. Its electric field is given bywhere is the amplitude of incident plane wave and is the wave number.

The field scattered due to PEC rough surface can be written aswhere and are the unknown coefficients for LCP and RCP scattered fields, respectively, and .

The perturbation series of unknown coefficients in spectral domain is

It is assumed that the following conditions are satisfied:

Using the power series for exponentials, the scattered field can be written as

The boundary condition is given by

Applying the above boundary condition at

The above infinite series is solved for unknown coefficients. The zeroth-order terms of both the above equations are

Taking the Fourier transform of the above equations gives

Solving the above equations, zero-order coefficients are obtained:where and .

Putting in (3), zeroth-order scattered field is obtained:

It corresponds to solution for a flat interface in chiral media, and the expressions are in agreement with those reported in [23]. Balancing to the first order gives

Taking the Fourier transfer of the above equations,where

From the above equations, it can be noted that the first-order solution can be written in terms of zeroth-order solution. Solving the above equations, first-order coefficients may be written as

Finally, the solution up to any order can be found via recursive computation.

3. Numerical Analysis

Numerical implementation of the theoretical formulation is done in this section. A rough surface profile has to be selected, and its Fourier transform is calculated. Two cases have been considered here: one is a sinusoidal surface and the other is a Gaussian rough surface. First, consider a sinusoidal surface defined aswhere A and are the amplitude and period of the surface, respectively. Using the Fourier transform of sinusoidal surface, the scattered field can be written aswhere

In a similar way, the expressions for RCP scattered field can be written. The pth order diffraction efficiency is defined as the fraction of the incident energy which is reflected in the direction, and it is given by

Now, consider a rough surface with Gaussian roughness spectrum. The power spectral density is given bywhere is the correlation length and h is the root mean square (rms) height of the rough surface. The rms slope is given by [1]

Since both LCP and RCP waves are scattered for LCP incidence, the LCP and RCP incoherent bistatic scattering coefficients can be expressed aswhere

Figure 2 shows the incoherent bistatic coefficients for different values of chirality parameter. It can be observed that RCP scattered field is smaller than LCP scattered field. Moreover, scattered field increases as the chirality increases. Chirality may change the angular behavior significantly at some scattered angles as described by the minima in Figure 2(a). Figure 3 shows the scattering pattern for the rms height. The smaller h corresponds to a flat interface. As expected, the scattered field increases with the increase in rms height. The angular behavior of LCP and RCP scattered fields is same. The effect on scattering pattern for different values of correlation length is shown in Figure 4. The effect of slope (correlation length) can be observed on the scattering pattern away from the specular direction. The scattered field decreases away from specular direction φ = 30°. It can also be observed that the slope has more effect on scattering behavior as compared to chirality. The numerical results show that slight roughness of the interface cannot be ignored in order to be close to the experimental results and for the design purposes.

4. Conclusion

Scattered field from a PEC rough surface in chiral media has been studied. PM is applied to obtain scattered field components. In general, the higher order scattered field can be obtained using lower order coefficients by utilizing the recursive nature of the problem. Two cases, sinusoidal and Gaussian rough surfaces, are considered, and the expressions of the LCP and RCP incoherent bistatic scattering coefficients have been reported. Scattering pattern is observed for chirality parameter, height, and correlation length of the Gaussian rough surface. Diffraction efficiency has been defined for a rough surface with sinusoidal profile. This analysis can also be used for a triangular grating.

Conflicts of Interest

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