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Category - Background Theory

Explore the underlying theory and equations that power the AN-SOF calculation engine.


The AN-SOF Calculation Engine
The AN-SOF engine is written in the C++ programming language using double-precision arithmetic and has been developed to improve the accuracy in the modeling of wire antennas and metallic structures in general. The computer code is based on an Electric Field Integral Equation (EFIE) expressed in the frequency domain. The current distribution on wire structures is computed by […]
Electric Field Integral Equation
The current distribution on metallic surfaces with ideal conductivity can be found by solving an Electric Field Integral Equation (EFIE) expressed in the frequency domain: where: Ei: Incident Electric Field on the surface S. n: unit vector at point r on the surface S. k: wave number. J: unknown electric current density flowing on the […]
The Exact Kernel
The kernel is the core of the integral equation that is solved in AN-SOF by means of the Method of Moments to obtain the current distribution on metallic wires. Since the kernel cannot be calculated analytically in closed form, several approximations exist.
Conformal Method of Moments
The Method of Moments (MoM) is a technique used to convert the EFIE into a system of linear equations that then can be solved by standard methods. For simplicity, the integral (linear) operator in the Electric Field Integral Equation > (EFIE) will be denoted by L. Then, the EFIE takes the form: where ET is the […]
Excitation of the Structure
If a discrete voltage source is placed at the i-th segment, the corresponding element in the voltage matrix is simply equal to the voltage of the generator. Thus, When an incident plane wave is used as the excitation, each wire segment is excited by the incoming field, which has the form: where k is defined by […]
Curved vs. Straight Segments
Many examples show the advantages of using curved segments with respect to the stability and convergence properties of the solutions. Due to the improved convergence rate, accurate results can be obtained with reduced simulation time and memory space. Fig. 1 shows the dimensions of a center-fed helical antenna in free space (normal mode). Figs. 2 and 3 show […]

Sub Categories

Delve into articles covering numerical methods, both general and those specifically used in AN-SOF.
Navigating the Numerical Landscape: Choosing the Right Antenna Simulation Method
Here we provide an overview of various numerical methods used in Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), with a special focus on antenna simulation methods: FDTD, FEM, MoM, CMoM, FMM, MLFMM, FVTD, GO, GTD, UTD, PO, PTD, DDM.
AN-SOF Implements James R. Wait Theory for Ground Losses of LF/MF Radio Masts
AN-SOF introduces an innovative method based on James R. Wait theory to accurately compute ground losses, improving monopole antenna design. Explore the validated model for LF/MF radio masts.
Overcoming 7 Limitations in Antenna Design: Introducing AN-SOF's Conformal Method of Moments
Introducing AN-SOF's Conformal Method of Moments, a pioneering advancement in antenna design. By effectively addressing seven limitations encountered in traditional methods, this cutting-edge software enables precise modeling and analysis of antennas with intricate geometries.