Natural Science

Volume 3, Issue 1 (January 2011)

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Study of the emissivity of rough surfaces periodic using the method of coupled waves analysis (CWA) compared with method of geometrical optics approximation (GOA)

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DOI: 10.4236/ns.2011.31008    4,647 Downloads   9,518 Views   Citations
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We present in this paper a numerical study of the validity limit of the geometrical optics approximation compared with a differential method which is established according to rigorous formalisms based on the electromagnetic theory. The precedent studies show that this method is adapted to the study of diffraction by periodic rough surfaces. We determine by two methods the emissivity of gold and tungsten for surfaces with a rectangular or sinusoidal profile, for a wavelength equal to 0.55 microns. The monochromatic directional emissivity of these surfaces clearly depends on the angle of incidence, the surface profile, height, period and the nature of the material. We perform our calculations by a method of coupled wave analysis (CWA) and a geometric optics method (GOA). The latter method is theoretically valid only when the dimensions of the cavities are very large compared to the wavelength, while the CWA is theoretically correct whatever these dimensions. The main purpose of this work is to investigate the validity limit of GOA compared with CWA. The obtained results for a fixed height of the grating, allowed us to delimit the validity domain of the optic geometrical approximation for the treated cases. Finally, the agreement between the emissivity calculated by the differential method and that given on the basis of the homogenization theory is satisfactory when the period is much smaller than the wavelength.

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Ghabara, T. (2011) Study of the emissivity of rough surfaces periodic using the method of coupled waves analysis (CWA) compared with method of geometrical optics approximation (GOA). Natural Science, 3, 57-64. doi: 10.4236/ns.2011.31008.

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