TE and TM Modes

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TE and TM Modes

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In a homogeneously filled waveguide, there exist two sets of distinct modes. One set of modes has no magnetic field component in the propagation direction, and are referred to as Transverse Magnetic, or TM, modes.  The other set has no electric field component in the propagation direction, and are referred to as Transverse Electric, or TE, modes.  In either case, one member of (3.8) vanishes, leaving only a single variable and a single equation.  Correspondingly, equations (3.6) are simplified by the absence of one or the other field component.

In the TE case, we have , and the first of (3.8)

The boundary condition at an electrically conducting wall is . Through (3.6), this implies ,which is the Natural boundary condition of (3.9).

In the TM case, we have , and the second of (3.8)
(3.10)     .

The boundary condition at a metallic wall is , which requires that tangential components of be zero in the wall.  Since is always tangential to the wall, the boundary condition is the Dirichlet condition .

In the following example, we compute the first few TE modes of a waveguide of complex cross-section. The natural boundary condition allows an infinite number of solutions, differing only by a constant offset in the eigenfunction, so we add an integral constraint to center the eigenfunctions around zero.  Since all the material parameters are contained in the eigenvalue, it is unnecessary to concern ourselves with their values.  Likewise, the computation of the transverse field components are scaled by constants, but the shapes are unaffected.

See also "Samples | Usage | Eigenvalues | Waveguide.pde"

Descriptor 3.1  Waveguide.pde


title "TE Waveguide"



 modes = 4         { This is the number of Eigenvalues desired. }






 L = 2

 h = 0.5               ! half box height

 g = 0.01             ! half-guage of wall

 s = 0.3*L             ! septum depth

 tang = 0.1           ! half-width of tang

 Hx = -dx(Hz)

 Hy = -dy(Hz)

 Ex = Hy

 Ey = -Hx



 div(grad(Hz)) + lambda*Hz = 0


constraints   { since Hz has only natural boundary conditions,

                                   we need to constrain the answer }

 integral(Hz) = 0



region 1


  natural(Hz) = 0  

  line to (L,0) to (L,1) to (0,1) to (0,h+g)

  natural(Hz) = 0

  line to (s-g,h+g) to (s-g,h+g+tang) to (s+g,h+g+tang)

        to (s+g,h-g-tang) to (s-g,h-g-tang)

        to (s-g,h-g) to (0,h-g)

        to close






  contour(Hz) painted

  vector(Hx,Hy) as "Transverse H" norm

  vector(Ex,Ey) as "Transverse E" norm