Implementation of the Finite Difference Time Domain algorithm for the analysis of terahertz waves

Markides, Christos (2014). Implementation of the Finite Difference Time Domain algorithm for the analysis of terahertz waves. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City University, London)

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Abstract

The aim of this report is to present results related to the application of the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method for the study of various devices at terahertz frequencies. The FDTD method has emerged as one of the most widely used numerical analysis methods used for electromagnetic simulations. The FDTD method can be used to solve numerous types of problems ranging from modelling the behaviour of microwave circuits, waveguides, and photonics to simulating terahertz devices and plasmas.

In this study the FDTD approach is derived from first principles (finite differences) and explicit equations are shown based on Maxwell's equations. Furthermore, absorbing boundary conditions (ABCs) are discussed for the FDTD method. The algorithm is tested against a range of problems to ensure its validity and accuracy. The FDTD method is then applied for the numerical analysis of a range of devices at terahertz frequencies. The numerical results obtained from the application of the FDTD method to examine a microstrip circuit with filter loading and a Multi-mode Interference (MMI) coupler at terahertz frequencies are discussed in detail. Moreover, the results of the application of the FDTD method for the calculation of the dispersion characteristics of plasmonic waveguides are
also presented.

Finally, a summary of the work carried out is presented and an outline is given for future research which can be carried out by using the FDTD method for the study of terahertz frequency devices.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: City University London PhD theses
School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences
School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences > Engineering
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18946

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