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Perfectly Matched Layer in Numerical Wave Propagation: Factors that Affect its Performance

Agrawal, A. & Sharma, A. (2004). Perfectly Matched Layer in Numerical Wave Propagation: Factors that Affect its Performance. Applied Optics, 43(21), pp. 4225-4231. doi: 10.1364/ao.43.004225


The perfectly matched layer (PML) boundary condition is generally employed to prevent spurious reflections from numerical boundaries in wave propagation methods. However, PML requires additional computational resources. We have examined the performance of the PML by changing the distribution of sampling points and the PML’s absorption profile with a view to optimizing the PML’s efficiency. We used the collocation method in our study. We found that equally spaced field sampling points give better absorption of beams under both optimal and nonoptimal conditions for low PML widths. At high PML widths, unequally spaced basis points may be equally efficient. The efficiency of various PML absorption profiles, including new ones, has been studied, and we conclude that for better numerical efficiency it is important to choose an appropriate profile.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper was published in Applied Optics and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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