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Unformatted text preview: Naﬂ’s 70m“ El e/(th't 070 C5047 (/9347) 8—9 Normal Incidence at Multiple Dielectric Interfaces 402 Reﬂected a”, In certain practical situations a wave may be incident on several layers of dielecltric
media with different constitutive parameters. One such Situatlon IS the use of a diehec
tric coating on glass to reduce glare from sunlight. Another is a radome, Wth is a domeshaped enclosure designed not only to protect radar installations from in clement weather but to permit the propagation of electromagnetic waves through 8 Plane Electromagnetic Waves wave " Hr E3
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z Normal incidence at multiple dielectric
interfaces. the enclosure with as little reﬂection as possible. In both situations, determining the
proper dielectric material and its thickness is an important design problem. We now consider the three—region situation depicted in Fig. 8—15. A uniform plane
wave traveling in the +z—direction in medium 1 (61, pl) impinges normally at a plane
boundary with medium 2 (62, ,uz), at z = 0. Medium 2 has a ﬁnite thickness and inter
faces with medium 3 (63, #3) at z = d. Reﬂection occurs at both 2 = 0 and z = d.
Assuming an xpolarized incident ﬁeld, the total electric ﬁeld intensity in medium 1
can always be written as the sum of the incident component awafm” and a reﬂected
component axEroejﬂ‘z: E1 : axwioe—jﬁ‘z + ErOejﬁlz) (8156) However, owing to the existence of a second discontinuity at z = d, E,0 is no longer
related to E0 by Eq. (8438) or Eq. (8—140). Within medium 2, parts of waves bounce
back and forth between the two bounding surfaces, some penetrating into media 1
and 3. The reﬂected ﬁeld in medium 1 is the sum of (a) the ﬁeld reﬂected from the
interface at z = 0 as the incident wave impinges on it, (b) the ﬁeld transmitted back
into medium 1 from medium 2 after a ﬁrst reﬂection from the interface at z = d, (c) the
ﬁeld transmitted back into medium 1 from medium 2 after a second reﬂection at z = d,
and so on. The total reﬂected wave is, in fact, the resultant of the initial reﬂected com
ponent and an inﬁnite sequence of multiply reﬂected contributions within medium 2
that are transmitted back into medium 1. Since all of the contributions propagate in
the —z—direction in medium 1 and contain the propagation factor em 1’, they can be
combined into a single term with a coefﬁcient Ero. But how do we determine the
relation between E,0 and E0 now? One way to ﬁnd E,O is to write down the electric and magnetic ﬁeld intensity
vectors in all three regions and apply the boundary conditions. The H1 in region 1 8—9 Normal Incidence at Multiple Dielectric Interfaces 403
that corresponds to the E1 in Eq. (8~156) is, from Eqs. (8—131) and (8433), 1 . .
HI = a, ; (Ewe—W — E,0e’”'z). (8—157)
1 The electric and magnetic ﬁelds in region 2 can also be represented by combinations
of forward and backward waves: E2 = ax(E;e"j”“ + Egeiﬁzz), (8—158)
1 . .
H2 = a, — (ER—"’2’ — Egeﬂ’zz). (8—159)
’72
In region 3, only a forward wave traveling in +zdirection exists. Thus,
E3 = ange”ﬁ‘3Z, (8—160)
E + .
H3 = a, —1 e—JI’”. (8—161)
’13 On the right side of Eqs. (8—156) through (8—161) there are a total of four un
known amplitudes: Em, 13;, E;, and E; They can be determined by solving the
four boundary—condition equations required by the continuity of the tangential com
ponents of the electric and magnetic ﬁelds. ‘ At 2 = 0:
E1(0) = E2(0), (8—162)
H1(O) = H2(0). (8—163)
At 2 = d:
E2(d) = E3(d), (8—164)
H2(d) = H3(d). (8—165) The procedure is straightforward and purely algebraic (Problem P.8e29). In the fol
lowing subsections we introduce the concept of wave impedance and use it in an alter
native approach for studying the problem of multiple reﬂections at normal incidence. 8—9.1 WAVE IMPEDANCE OF THE TOTAL FIELD We deﬁne the wave impedance of the total ﬁeld at any plane parallel to the plane
boundary as the ratio of the total electric ﬁeld intensity to the total magnetic ﬁeld
intensity. With a zdependent uniform plane wave, as was shown in Fig. 8—15, we write, in general, Total Ex(z) 2(2) 2 Total H,(z) ((2). (8166)
For a single wave propagating in the +zdirection in an unbounded medium, the
wave impedance equals the intrinsic impedance, r], of the medium; for a single wave
traveling in the —zdirection, it is —11 for all z. 404 8 Plane Electromagnetic Waves In the case of a uniform plane wave incident from medium I normally on a plane
boundary with an inﬁnite medium 2, such as that illustrated in Fig. 8—14 and discussed
in Section 8—8, the magnitudes of the total electric and magnetic ﬁeld intensities in
medium 1 are, from Eqs. (87144) and (8449), E1x(z) = Bidem” + rem”), (8467) E .
Hug) = _‘°(e~1ﬁiz _
’11 refl‘lz). (8168) Their ratio deﬁnes the wave impedance of the total ﬁeld in medium 1 at a distance 2
from the boundary plane: E1x(z) _ e‘jﬂ" + FemZ
21(2) _ H1y(z) ” "1 e—ﬂ’lz — reiﬁlz’ (8469)
which is obviously a function of z.
A distance 2 = ~t to the left of the boundary plane,
_ Elx(_/) ew + lee—flirt
21(4)) _ H1y(—/)— "1 eW — reﬁt!" (8—170)
Using the deﬁnition of F = (112 — r11)/(r/2 + 111) in Eq. (8—170), we obtain
{ ' ' /
Zl(_{) _ n ’12 C05 .61 +1711 5m ﬁr (8_171) 1 111 cos [31f +j112 sin [3%, which correctly reduces to 111 when r12 = 111. In that case there is no discontinuity at
z = 0; hence there is no reﬂected wave and the totalﬁeld wave impedance is the same
as the intrinsic impedance of the medium. When we study transmission lines in the next chapter, we will ﬁnd that Eqs.
(8—170) and (8—171) are similar to the formulas for the input impedance of a trans—
mission line of length 5’ that has a characteristic impedance 111 and terminates in an
impedance 112. There is a close similarity between the behavior of the propagation
of uniform plane waves at normal incidence and the behavior of transmission lines. If the plane boundary is perfectly conducting, 112 = 0 and F = — 1, and Eq. (8~171)
becomes Zl(_{)=j"1tan .315, which is the same as the input impedance of a transmission line of length I that has
a characteristic impedance 111 and terminates in a short circuit. (8—172) 8—9.2 IMPEDANCE TRANSFORMATION WITH MULTIPLE DIELECTRICS The concept of totalﬁeld wave impedance is very useful in solving problems with
multiple dielectric interfaces such as the situation shown in Fig. 8—15. The total ﬁeld
in medium 2 is the result of multiple reﬂections of the two boundary planes at z = 0
and z = d; but it can be grouped into a wave traveling in the +zdirection and an
other traveling in the —zdirecti0n. The wave impedance of the total ﬁeld in medium 8—9 Normal Incidence at Multiple Dielectric Interfaces 405 2 at the lefthand interface 2 = 0 can be found from the right side of Eq. (8—171) by
replacing 112 by 113,111 by 212,31 by [$2, and t’ by d. Thus, 713 COS 32d +j'72 Sin [32d Z 0 =
2( ) 712 :12 cos ﬁzd +jr13 sin [32d (8—173)
As far as the wave in medium 1 is concerned, it encounters a discontinuity at z = 0 and the discontinuity can be characterized by an inﬁnite medium with an intrinsic impedance 22(0) as given in Eq. (8—173). The eﬂective reﬂection coeﬂicient at z = O for the incident wave in medium 1 is ErO ___ HrO 22(0) — ’71 — — = ———————. 8—174
0 Eio Hi0 22(0) + ’71 ( ) We note that F0 diﬂers from F only in that 112 has been replaced by 22(0). Hence
the insertion of a dielectric layer of thickness d and intrinsic impedance r12 in front
of medium 3, which has intrinsic impedance 113, has the effect of transforming r13 to
Z 2(0). Given 111 and 113, F0 can be adjusted by suitable choices of 112 and d. Once F0 has been found from Eq. (8—174), E,0 of the reﬂected wave in medium
1 can be calculated: E,0 = FOE“). In many applications, 1‘0 and E,o are the only
quantities of interest; hence this impedancetransformation approach is conceptually
simple and yields the desired answers in a direct manner. If the ﬁelds 15;, E2“, and
E, in media 2 and 3 are also desired, they can be determined from the boundary
conditions at z = O and z = d, as indicated in Eqs. (8—162) through (8—165). EXAMPLE 8—12 A dielectric layer of thickness d and intrinsic impedance 112 is placed
between media 1 and 3 having intrinsic impedances 111 and 173, respectively. Determine
d and 112 such that no reﬂection occurs when a uniform plane wave in medium 1
impinges normally on the interface with medium 2. Solution With the dielectric layer interposed between media 1 and 3 as shown in Fig.
8—15, the condition of no reﬂection at interface 2 = 0 requires F0 = 0, or Z 2(0) = 111.
From Eq. (8—173) we have "2013 COS .Bzd +j’12 Sin 32d) = 771("2 COS [32d +j713 Sin 32‘“ (8—175) Equating the real and imaginary parts separately, we require 113 cos [32d = 111 cos [32d (8—176)
and
11% sin [32d = 111113 sin ﬂzd. (8—177)
Equation (8—176) is satisﬁed if either
113 = m ' (8—178)
or cos [32d = 0, (8—179) 406 8 Plane Electromagnetic Waves which implies that 0! M = (2n + 1) A
d=an+nf, n=QLlu. ohm On the one hand, if condition (8—178) holds, Eq. (8—177) can be satisﬁed when either (a) 112 = 113 = 7,1, which is the trivial case of no discontinuities at all, or (b)
sin [32d = 0, or d = nil/2. and Eq. (8—177) can be satisﬁed when 112 = On the other hand, if relation (8—179) or (8—180) holds, sin [32d does not vanish,
4mm. We have then two possibilities for the condition of no reﬂection. 1. When r13 = 111, we require 1
d = —2’
n 2
that is, that the thickness of the dielectric layer be a multiple of a halfwavelength in the dielectric at the operating frequency. Such a dielectric layer is referred to as a half—wave dielectric window. Since 12 = upz/ f = 1/ ftmzez, where f is the
operating frequency, a half—wave dielectric window is a narrowband device. n=arznq @AM) When 173 75 111, we require '72 = V’li’la (8—182a)
and
v A
d=(2n+1)ZZ—, n=0,1,2,.... (8—182b) When media 1 and 3 are different, #12 should be the geometric mean of 111 and
n3, and d should be an odd multiple of a quarter wavelength in the dielectric
layer at the operating frequency in order to eliminate reﬂection. Under these
conditions the dielectric layer (medium 2) acts like a quarterwave impedance
transformer. We will refer to this term again when we study analogous trans
missionline problems in Chapter 9. — We see from the above that if a radome is to be constructed around a radar installation (111 = 113 = no), it should be a halfwave window in order to minimize
reﬂection; that is, it should be a multiple of [12/2 (= l/2f2 \mzez) thick at the operating
radar frequency f2, where #2 and 62 are the permeability and permittivity, respectively,
of the radome material. ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2007 for the course ECE 3030 taught by Professor Rana during the Fall '06 term at Cornell.
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 Electromagnet, plane wave, normal incidence, wave impedance, multiple dielectric interfaces

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