The scope of the book is the fundamental techniques in the FDTD method. The book consists of 12 chapters, each chapter built on the concepts provided in the previous chapters. In each chapter the details of the concepts are discussed at a graduate student level. Using this book, students will be able to construct a program with sufficient functionally to solve some basic problems. The construction of final equations is presented with a detailed step-by-step approach. In most cases the full-set of equations are provided.
While constructing the equations, the reader needs to visualize the positioning and orientation of field components in a three dimensional space. This is very difficult and usually requires extensive experience to be able to imagine the 3D space. Therefore, the book presents the construction of equations accompanied by a nice set of 3D illustrations. The figures greatly facilitate the understanding of the concepts.
While the concepts are being presented, it has been kept in mind that the outcome of the book will be a software package that will be sufficient to solve several types of basic electromagnetic problems. In each chapter the transformation of the concepts into programming is explained. Therefore the chapters are presented in such a way that, by adding/developing a new part of the code, chapter by chapter, at the end a well developed FDTD simulation package will be constructed.
Atef Elsherbeni is a full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Mississippi and Director of the School of Engineering CAD Lab. He is Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Journal, Editor of the Journal Of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, Associate Editor of The Radio Science Journal, and coauthor of the book MATLAB Simulations for Radar Systems Analysis. Dr. Elsherbeni earned Bachelors degrees in both EE and Applied Physics, as well as his Masters degree in EE, at Cairo University. He earned his doctorate and was a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba.
Veysel Demir received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1997. He received both the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, in 2002 and 2004, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Northern Illinois University as an Assistant Professor in August 2007. His research interests include numerical analysis techniques (FDTD, FDFD, and MoM), as well as microwave and RF circuit analysis and design. Dr. Demir is a member of the IEEE and ACES, and he has coauthored more than 20 technical journal and conference papers. He serves as a reviewer for both the Applied Computational Electromagnetics (ACES) Journal and the Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Journal.