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Friedlander-Keller ray expansions and scalar wave reflection at canonically-perturbed boundaries

Tew, R.H.



This paper concerns the reflection of high-frequency, monochromatic linear waves of wavenumber k (>>1) from smooth boundaries which are O (k-1/2) perturbations away from either a specified near-planar boundary or else from a given smooth, two-dimensional curve of general O(1) curvature. For each class of perturbed boundary, we will consider separately plane and cylindrical wave incidence, with general amplitude profiles of each type of incident field.
This interfacial perturbation scaling is canonical in the sense that a ray approach requires a modification to the standard WKBJ 'ray ansatz' which, in turn, leads to a leading-order amplitude (or 'transport') equation which includes an extra term absent in a standard application of the geometrical theory of diffraction ('GTD'). This extra term is unique to this scaling, and the afore-mentioned modification that is required is an application of a generalised type of ray expansion first posed by F G Friedlander and J B Keller [1].


Tew, R. (2019). Friedlander-Keller ray expansions and scalar wave reflection at canonically-perturbed boundaries. European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 30(1), 1-22.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 24, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 4, 2018
Publication Date 2019-02
Deposit Date Nov 29, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 4, 2018
Journal European Journal of Applied Mathematics
Print ISSN 0956-7925
Electronic ISSN 1469-4425
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 1
Pages 1-22
Keywords Geometrical theory of diffraction (GTD); ray theory; WKBJ-method; wave asymptotics; linear waves; asymptotic methods; high-frequency scattering
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