Through-wall electromagnetic scattering by N conducting cylinders

J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis. 2013 Aug 1;30(8):1632-9. doi: 10.1364/JOSAA.30.001632.


A spectral-domain analysis is presented for the scattering by perfectly conducting cylindrical objects behind a dielectric wall. The solution is developed with an analytical-numerical technique, based on the cylindrical wave approach. Suitable cylindrical functions and their spectral representations are introduced as basis functions for the scattered fields, to deal with their interaction with the planar interfaces bounding the wall. The numerical solution is given in TE and TM polarizations states, and in both near- and far-field zones. The model yields an accurate computation of direct scattering that can be useful for through-wall-imaging applications. A stack of three different dielectric media is considered in the theoretical model. In the numerical results, the upper medium, where the incident field is generated, is assumed to be filled by air, the central layer represents the wall, and the lower medium, which contains the scatterers, is air filled, too. Also general problems of scattering by buried objects can be simulated, being the cylinders buried in a medium of arbitrary permittivity, placed below a dielectric layer.