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ELECTROMAGNETIC SOURCE EQUIVALENCE AND EXTENSION OF THE COMPLEX IMAGE METHOD FOR GEOPHYSICAL APPLICATIONS

By A. Pulkkinen, A. Viljanen, R. Pirjola, and L. Häkkinen

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Abstract:
In this work, source equivalence and computation of the reflected (induced) electromagnetic field in geophysical situations are studied. It is shown that the application of Huygens' principle allows for full generalization of Fukushima's equivalence theorem that applies only for magnetic field. The source equivalence is revisited for a vertical line current element, and it is shown that the equivalent charge required to replace the original source by a planar equivalent source together with the surface charge associated with the reflected field generates a purely vertical total electric field on the ground. Consequently, if the magnetic field and horizontal components of the total electric field on the ground are of interest, only equivalent currents need to be considered. The classical Complex Image Method (CIM) is derived from exact image theory for planar impedance surfaces. The classical CIM is extended by considering a divergence-free source current that may have components also perpendicular to the ground plane. The extension is seen to generate a complex image charge not present in the classical CIM. Further, a generalized application of the extended CIM to geophysical situations having divergence-free volume source currents is introduced. The application involves decomposition of the source into line current elements and rotations, translations and reflections of the electromagnetic field expressions associated with each element. The validity of the new approach is verified for an example of external current system and ground model setup by means of comparisons to results obtained from exact formulation by~[18].

Citation:
A. Pulkkinen, A. Viljanen, R. Pirjola, and L. Häkkinen, "Electromagnetic Source Equivalence and Extension of the Complex Image Method for Geophysical Applications," Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, Vol. 16, 57-84, 2009.
doi:10.2528/PIERB09050902

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