Scattering from thin dielectric disks
Abstract
A solution was obtained for scattering from thin dielectric disks by approximating the currents induced inside the disk with the currents which would exist inside a dielectric slab of the same thickness, orientation and dielectric properties. This approximation reduces to an electrostatic approximation when the disk thickness, T, is small compared to the wavelength of the incident radiation and the approximation yields a conventional physical optics solution when the dimension, A, characteristic of the geometrical cross section of the disk (e.g., the diameter of a circular disk) is large compared to wavelength. When the ratio A/T is sufficiently large the disk will always be in one or the other of these regimes (T lambda or kA1. Consequently, when A/T is large this solution provides a conventional approximation for the scattered fields which can be applied at all frequencies. As a check on this conclusion, a comparison was made between the theoretical and measured radar cross section of thin dielectric disks. Agreement was found for thin disks with both large and small values of kA.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 September 1984
 Bibcode:
 1984STIN...8515098L
 Keywords:

 Dielectrics;
 Disks (Shapes);
 Electromagnetic Scattering;
 Approximation;
 Electric Fields;
 Electromagnetic Fields;
 Electrostatics;
 Mathematical Models;
 Maxwell Equation;
 Polarization (Waves);
 Thin Bodies;
 Wavelengths;
 Communications and Radar