An optimized anisotropic PML for the analysis of microwave circuits

Anastasis C. Polycarpou, Constantine A. Balanis

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The anisotropic perfectly matched layer (PML) is implemented in the finite-element method (FEM) to evaluate the S-parameters of microwave integrated circuits (MIC's). The PML region, which terminates the mesh over a range of frequencies, may exhibit either a uniform or nonuniform conductivity profile σ(p). The performance of the PML is strongly dependent on the choice of σ(p) as well as the mesh density inside the absorber. This observation is demonstrated numerically using a two-dimensional (2-D) finite-element analysis. The anisotropic PML is subsequently used in modeling three-dimensional (3-D) microwave integrated circuits. The accuracy and overall performance of the absorber is evaluated by computing the S-parameters of a low-pass filter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-32
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998


  • Finite-element method
  • Perfectly matched layer


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