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Certain electromagnetic scattering problems have analytical solutions

Certain electromagnetic scattering problems have analytical solutions. In the spherical coordinate, the solutions are expressed in the series form of the products of the Riccati-Bessel functions, associative Legendre polynomials, and exponential functions. This package contains the code that implements the field solutions as

a) a planewave is scattered by a dielectric sphere,
b) a planewave is scattered by a multi-layer concentric sphere.

The solutions are acquired through the formulation of the radial component of the magnetic and vector potentials [Harrington]. The scattering problem of a homogenous dielectric sphere is on pp. 297 of [Harrington]. The solutions to the the scattering problem of a multi-layer sphere is acquired similarly by solving a linear system for the field coefficients, which is constructed from the boundary conditions. A discussion how to solve this problem is available in [Chew]. There are also wealthy amount of works on acquiring the coefficients of the scattered fields to calculate the scattered and absorbed power of absorbing multi-layer spheres. See [Pena] and the reference there in.

The following scripts demonstrate the use of this package:

plotSphereRCS.m (radar cross-section of a conducting sphere and a dielectric sphere [Djordjevic])



This code provides the visualization of the exact field both inside and outside the sphere. It may also serve to verify the implementations of the numerical methods to solve the Maxwell equations in 3D, such as the finite-difference and finite-element method.


[Chew] W. C. Chew, Waves and Fields in Inhomogeneous Media. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Press, 1995.

[Djordjevic] M. Djordjevic and B. M. Notaros, "Double higher order method of moments for surface integral equation model of metallic and dielectric antennas and scatterers," IEEE Journal on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 52, no. 8, pp. 2118-2129, 2004.

[Harrington] R. F. Harrington, Time-Harmonic Electromagnetic Fields. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Press, 2001.

[Pena] O. Pena and U. Pal, “Scattering of electromagnetic radiation by a multilayered sphere,” Computer Physics Communications , vol. 180, no. 11, pp. 2348-2354, 2009

System Requirements:

MATLAB 7.10 (2010a)
Program Release Status: New Release
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall

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