Parabolic Equation Methods for Electromagnetic Wave Propagation

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  • Year: 2000

  • Format: Hardback

  • Product Code: PBEW0450

  • ISBN: 978-0-85296-764-5

  • Pagination: 352pp.

  • Stock Status: In stock

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Winner of the 2001 Rayleigh Book Award

Scope: Parabolic equation methods, used to analyse radiowave propagation in radar and radio communication systems, are new and powerful techniques which have become the dominant tool for assessing clear-air and terrain effects on propagation. 

This book introduces the mathematical background to parabolic equation modelling and describes simple parabolic equation algorithms before progressing to more advanced topics including domain truncation, impedance boundaries, and the implementation of very fast hybrid methods combining ray-tracing and parabolic equation techniques. Invaluable to engineers and researchers analysing diffraction and ducting in radio communication systems, the book's self-contained approach is also ideally suited to graduate students and other researchers interested in radiowave propagation and scattering.

Book review

"In summary, this excellent book is suitable for graduate students, research engineers and applied mathematicians." AEÜ - International Journal of Electronics and Communications, March 2001, volume 55, issue 2.

Book readership

Electrical and electronic engineering; applied physics; applied mathematics; especially electromagnetics.


Postgraduate; reference for research engineers and graduate students.

Book contents

1: Introduction; 2: Parabolic equation framework; 3: Parabolic equation algorithms; 4: Tropospheric radiowave propagation; 5: Rays and modes; 6: Oversea propagation; 7: Irregular terrain modelling; 8: Domain truncation; 9: Impedance boundary modelling; 10: Propagation over the rough sea surface; 11: Hybrid methods; 12: Two-dimensional scattering; 13: Three-dimensional scattering for the scalar wave equation; 14: Vector PE; Appendix A: Airy functions; Appendix B: Far-field expressions; Appendix C: Theoretical derivation of mode series; Appendix D: Energy conservation.

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