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Qian Yang, Bing Wei, Xinbo He, Minghao Gong, "Time-Domain Analytical Expression for Near Fields of Arbitrarily Oriented Electric Dipole and Its Application", International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, vol. 2017, Article ID 4971367, 8 pages, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4971367
Time-Domain Analytical Expression for Near Fields of Arbitrarily Oriented Electric Dipole and Its Application
The near fields of electric dipole are commonly used in wide-band analysis of complex electromagnetic problems. In this paper, we propose new near field time-domain expressions for electric dipole. The analytical expressions for the frequency-domain of arbitrarily oriented electric dipole are given at first; next we give the time-domain expressions by time-frequency transformation. The proposed expressions are used in hybrid TDIE/DGTD method for analysis of circular antenna with radome. The accuracy of the proposed algorithm is verified by numerical examples.
The electric dipole is an important unit in electromagnetism; its analytical expressions of the radiation field have been described in a number of works, for example, the expressions of special oriented electric dipole [1–3] and the expressions of arbitrarily oriented electric dipole by using the far-field approximation . But the time-domain expressions of arbitrarily oriented electric dipole are necessary to analyze the time-domain near fields problems. The near field is governed by several type fields, the relationship between and becomes very complex, and special care must be taken when dealing with near fields problems.
The hybrid method takes advantage of several methods and is often used to analyze multiscale electromagnetic problems [5–7], like the shortwave antenna in complex environment . In this study, the analytical time-domain expressions of arbitrarily oriented electric dipole are proposed and used in hybrid TDIE/DGTD method for analysis of circular antenna with radome. The numerical results verify the validity of our algorithm.
2. The Frequency-Domain Near Fields for an Arbitrarily Oriented Electric Dipole
Suppose an electric dipole which along is located at original point; the polar angle and the azimuthal angle of are and , as Figure 1(a) shows. The observation point is located at , and the coordinates of point are , , and , respectively, as Figure 1(b) shows.
(a) An electric dipole at the original point
(b) The observation point
(c) Integrating point and observation point
The magnetic vector potential produced by the electric current in an infinite medium can be written aswhere , , , , and are the permeability, the position vector of the integrating point, the position vector of the observation point , the distance from the integrating point to the observation point, and the wave number, respectively, as Figure 1(c) shows.
A short current source can be seen as an electric dipole; considering the characteristic of the function, we havewhere is defined aswhere the , , and are the unit vector of the rectangular coordinate system. Magnetic field can be evaluated aswhich implies curl elements of (4) can be rewritten as
3. The Time-Domain Near Fields for an Arbitrarily Oriented Electric Dipole
An electric dipole consists of a positive charge and an negative charge , distance apart. The dipole moment , so that electric current can be represented as
The time-frequency conversion relation and the flourier transformation are
The time-domain expression of electric field can be obtained in the same way
4. The Hybrid Method Combining DGTD and TDIE for Wire Antenna-Dielectric Interaction
TDIE is widely used for analyzing thin-wire antenna (radiation on scattering) problems, but it is difficult to deal with interaction of the antenna and complexity media. The TDIE/FDTD method and the FDTD/FETD/TDIE method have been proposed for complex electromagnetic problems [9, 10]. Discontinuous Galerkin Time-Domain (DGTD) method [11–15] inherits from Finite Element Time-Domain (FETD) the advantage of unstructured grids without solving large linear systems. DGTD is more flexible than Finite Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) method in geometry modeling, but like FDTD, it also becomes resource-consuming dealing with thin-wire structures.
Gao et al. proposed the TDIE/DGTD method ; in our study, the currents on the antenna can be easily obtained by TDIE. These currents are used to calculate fields on Huygens surface which yields the same radiating fields. The fields are deduced from our new expressions, as shown in Figure 2.
(a) Hybrid method setup
(b) Computing procedures
4.1. A Circular Antenna
The antenna is parallel to the XOY plane, the radius of the antenna is 0.5 meter, the excitation wavelength is 0.5 meter, and the time harmonic current is excited at every line element (Figure 3). The normalized results of TDIE/DGTD with our new expressions are shown in Figures 4(a) and 4(b); a good agreement is observed between our algorithm (circle) and analytical solution (solid line) .
(a) The radiation pattern of XOZ plane
(b) Three-dimensional radiation pattern
4.2. A Right Angle Antenna with Radome
We analyzed a right angle antenna located in the center of a dielectric ellipsoid-shell radome (semiprincipal axes meter, meter, and meters); the thickness of the radome is 0.25 meters, the relative electric permittivity is 3.0, and the relative permeability is 1.0. The antenna is parallel to the plane YOZ (Figure 5); each arm of the antenna is 0.2 meters long. Antenna is excited by time harmonic current whose wavelength is 0.5 meters. The results of TDIE/DGTD and DGTD are shown for comparison in Figure 6; a good agreement is observed between two results.
4.3. A Circular Antenna with Radome
In this example, the antenna in the example of Section 4.2 is replaced with the circular antenna in the example of Section 4.1; excitation parameters of antenna are the same as the example of Section 4.2 (Figure 7).
Figure 8(a) is the normalized radiation pattern of circular antenna with radome. It is obvious that the main lobe of the pattern with radome is more intensive than without radome, as Figure 8(a) shows.
(a) The radiation pattern of XOZ plane
(b) Three-dimensional radiation pattern
Next, the antenna is excited by a voltage pulse source, as shown in Figure 9, the distribution of currents on antenna is derived from TDIE. The voltage source is defined as
Follow the steps in Figure 2(b); the snapshots in Figure 11 of the absolute value of electric field are obtained from the hybrid TDIE/DGTD method. As shown in Figure 11(a), the electric field density is higher in the half-space , because the voltage source is located at the cross point of antenna and axis. The reflection radiation caused by radome can be seen in Figures 11(b), 11(c), and 11(d). The current waveform of source point is shown in Figure 10; the current tends to a value that is not zero.
(a) 1000th time-step
(b) 1600th time-step
(c) 2200th time-step
(d) 2800th time-step
The analytical expressions of time-domain near fields of an arbitrarily oriented electric dipole are derived in this paper; then the expressions are used in hybrid TDIE/DGTD method for analysis of circular antenna with radome. Our study provides a new way to study the time-domain radiation problems of complex medium and structure.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
This work was supported by the National Natural Scientific Foundation of China (61571348; 61231003; 61401344).
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