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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 4134327, 8 pages
Research Article

Simple and Efficient Preconditioner for Surface Integral Solution of Scattering from Multilayer Dielectric Bodies

Center for Electromagnetic Simulation, School of Information and Electronics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China

Received 20 April 2016; Revised 18 July 2016; Accepted 26 July 2016

Academic Editor: Lorenzo Crocco

Copyright © 2016 B. B. Kong and X. Q. Sheng. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The computation of scattering from multilayer dielectric bodies is studied by using the combined tangential formulation (CTF) of surface integral solution. A simple and efficient preconditioner is designed for the surface integral solution of multilayer dielectric bodies and validated by numerical experiments. Compared with the traditional near field preconditioner, the proposed preconditioner significantly reduce CPU time and memory requirement. Furthermore, the multilevel fast multipole algorithm (MLFMA) is employed to improve the capability of the solutions. The trick of efficiently implementing MLFMA is presented for multilayer dielectric bodies. Numerical examples are presented to verify the accuracy and efficiency of the approach for computing scattering from multilayer dielectric problems.