A numerical study of electromagnetic scattering from ocean-like surfaces


  • R. R. Lentz


The integral equations describing electromagnetic scattering from cylindrical, perfectly conducting surfaces are formulated and numerical results are presented. The results are compared with those obtained using approximate methods such as physical optics, geometrical optics, and perturbation theory. The integral equation solutions show that the surface radius of curvature must be greater than 2.5 wavelengths for either the physical optics or geometrical optics to give satisfactory results. It has also been shown that perturbation theory agrees with the exact fields as long as the root-mean-square surface roughness is less than one tenth of a wavelength.