, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 615-637
Date: 01 Mar 2012

On energy preserving consistent boundary conditions for the Yee scheme in 2D

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The Yee scheme is one of the most popular methods for electromagnetic wave propagation. A main advantage is the structured staggered grid, making it simple and efficient on modern computer architectures. A downside to this is the difficulty in approximating oblique boundaries, having to resort to staircase approximations.

In this paper we present a method to improve the boundary treatment in two dimensions by, starting from a staircase approximation, modifying the coefficients of the update stencil so that we can obtain a consistent approximation while preserving the energy conservation, structure and the optimal CFL-condition of the original Yee scheme. We prove this in L 2 and verify it by numerical experiments.