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Numerical Conformal Mappings for Waveguides
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Mathematics.
2010 (English)In: Computational Mathematics: Theory, Methods and Applications, Hauppauge NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers , 2010Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Acoustic or electro-magnetic scattering in a waveguide with  varying direction and cross-section can, if the variations takes  place in only one dimension at a time be re-formulated as a  two-dimensional scattering problem. By using the so-called  Building Block Method, it is possible to construct the  scattering properties of a combination of scatterers when the  properties of each scatterer are known. Hence, variations in the  waveguide geometry or in the boundary conditions can be treated   one at a time.  We consider in this work acoustic scattering, but the same  techniques can be used for both electro-magnetic and some quantum  scattering problems.  By suppressing the time dependence and by using the Building Block  Method, the problem takes the form of the Helmholtz equation in a  waveguide of infinite length and with smoothly varying geometry and  boundary conditions.  A conformal mapping is used to transform the  problem into a corresponding problem in a straight horizontal  channel, and by expanding the field in Fourier trigonometric series,  the problem can be reformulated as an infinite-dimensional ordinary  differential equation. From this, numerically solvable differential  equations for the reflection and transmission operators are  derived.  To be applicable in the Building Block Method, the numerical  conformal mapping must be constructed such that the direction of the  boundary curve can be controlled. At the channel ends, it is an  indispensable requirement, that the two boundary curves are (at least)  asymptotically parallel and straight. Furthermore, to achieve  bounded operators in the differential equations, the boundary curves  must satisfy different regularity conditions, depending on the  properties of the boundary.  Several methods to accomplish such conformal mappings are  presented. The Schwarz-Christoffel mapping, which is a natural starting point and for which  also efficient numerical software exists, can be modified in  different ways to round the polygon corners, and we show algorithms  by which the parameter problem can be solved after such  modifications. It is also possible to use the unmodified Schwarz-Christoffel mapping for  regions with smooth boundary, by constructing an appropriate outer  polygon to the considered region.  Finally, we show how a so-called  zipper algorithm can be used for waveguides.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hauppauge NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers , 2010.
Series
Computational Mathematics and Analysis Series
Keywords [en]
Conformal mapping, Schwarz-Christoffel mapping, Rounded corners, Outer polygon method, Approximate curve factor, Zipper algorithm, Waveguide
National Category
Computational Mathematics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-10510ISBN: 978-1-60876-271-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-10510DiVA, id: diva2:241705
Available from: 2009-10-05 Created: 2009-10-05 Last updated: 2009-12-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Numerical conformal mappings for waveguides
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2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Acoustic or electro-magnetic scattering in a waveguide with varying direction and cross-section can be re-formulated as a two-dimensional scattering problem, provided that the variations take place in only one dimension at a time. By using the so-called Building Block Method, it is possible to construct the scattering properties of a combination of scatterers when the properties of each scatterer are known. Hence, variations in the waveguide geometry or in the boundary conditions can be treated one at a time.

Using the Building Block Method, the problem takes the form of the Helmholtz equation for stationary waves in a waveguide of infinite length and with smoothly varying geometry and boundary conditions. A conformal mapping is used to transform the problem into a corresponding problem in a straight horizontal waveguide, and by expanding the field in Fourier trigonometric series, the problem can be reformulated as an infinite-dimensional ordinary differential equation. From this, numerically solvable differential equations for the reflection and transmission operators are derived.

To be applicable in the Building Block Method, the numerical conformal mapping must be constructed such that the direction of the boundary curve can be controlled. At the channel ends, it is an indispensable requirement, that the two boundary curves are (at least) asymptotically parallel and straight. Furthermore, to achieve bounded operators in the differential equations, the boundary curves must satisfy different regularity conditions, depending on the boundary conditions.

In this work, several methods to accomplish such conformal mappings are presented. The Schwarz–Christoffel mapping, which is a natural starting point and for which also efficient numerical software exists, can be modified in different ways in order to achieve polygons with rounded corners. We present algorithms by which the parameters in the mappings can be determined after such modifications. We show also how the unmodified Schwarz–Christoffel mapping can be used for regions with a smooth boundary. This is done by constructing an appropriate outer polygon to the considered region.

Finally, we introduce one method that is not Schwarz–Christoffel-related, by showing how one of the so-called zipper algorithms can be used for waveguides.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Växjö University Press, 2009. p. 120
Series
Acta Wexionesa, ISSN 1404-4307 ; 177
Keywords
waveguides, building block method, numerical conformal mappings, Schwarz–Christoffel mapping, rounded corners method, approximate curve factors, outer polygon method, boundary curvature, zipper method, geodesic algorithm, acoustic wave scattering, electro-magnetic wave scattering
National Category
Computational Mathematics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-10602 (URN)978-91-7636-661-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-09-25, Weber, Växjö universitet, Växjö, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2009-12-22 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2009-12-22Bibliographically approved

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