Huygen's principle applied to radio wave propagation
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
Copyright 2002 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 37, Issue 6, pages 17-1–17-8, December 2002
How to Cite
Huygen's principle applied to radio wave propagation, Radio Sci., 37(6), 1105, doi:10.1029/2002RS002712, 2002.,
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 SEP 2002
- Manuscript Revised: 8 AUG 2002
- Manuscript Received: 3 MAY 2002
- ray tracing;
- Huygen's principle;
- ionospheric propagation;
- geometric optics
 Huygen's principle, in the form of boundary integral equations, is applied to the problem of radio wave propagation. Complex propagation is analyzed by dividing the region between transmitter and receiver into a number of zones and propagating the solution between these zones by means of integral equations with simple approximate kernels. In the limit that the regions become dense, the approach leads to a useful form of the WKB solution, and this is demonstrated through its application to the study of propagation through a disturbed ionosphere.