An overlapping Yee finite-difference time-domain method for material interfaces between anisotropic dielectrics and general dispersive or perfect electric conductor media

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A novel stable anisotropic finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) algorithm based on the overlapping cells is developed for solving Maxwell's equations of electrodynamics in anisotropic media with interfaces between different types of materials, such as the interface between anisotropic dielectrics and dispersive medium or perfect electric conductor (PEC). The previous proposed conventional anisotropic FDTD methods suffer from the late-time instability due to the extrapolation of the field components near the material interface. The proposed anisotropic overlapping Yee FDTD method is stable, as it relies on the overlapping cells to provide the collocated field values without any interpolation or extrapolation. Our method has been applied to simulate electromagnetic invisibility cloaking devices with both anisotropic dielectrics and PEC included in the computational domain. Numerical results and eigenvalue analysis confirm that the conventional anisotropic FDTD method is weakly unstable, whereas our method is stable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-33
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014



  • anisotropic material
  • FDTD
  • Maxwell solver
  • metamaterial cloaking
  • overlapping Yee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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