A Julia library for simulating, processing, and plotting multiple scattering of waves.
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A Julia library for simulating, processing, and plotting multiple scattering of waves.

The library focuses on multipole methods (addition translation theorems) to solve the inhomogeneous Helmholtz equation (time-harmonic waves). Multipole methods are particularly efficient at solving scattering from particles in an infinite domain. This library is configured to use T-matrices (also known as scattering matrices) to represent scattering from particles with any shape and properties (currently implemented for acoustics). The package is setup to deal with different spatial dimensions and types of waves which satisfy Helmholtz equation's, e.g. acoustics, electromagnetism, elasticity. For details on some of the maths see Martin (1995) and Gower et al. (2017).


This package is available for Julia 1.0.5 and beyond. To get started, just add the package by typing

julia> ]
pkg> add MultipleScattering

then press the backspace key followed by

julia> using MultipleScattering


  • masterdocumentation of the in-development version.

Simple example

Define the properties of your host medium, for example

host_medium = Acoustic(2; ρ=1.0, c=1.0); # 2D acoustic medium with density ρ = 1.0 and soundspeed c = 1.0

an acoustic medium in 2D with density 1 and wavespeed 1.

Next, define two dense, circular acoustic particles, the first centred at [-2,2] with radius 2 and the second at [-2,-2] with radius 0.5,

particle_medium =  Acoustic(2; ρ=10.0, c=2.0); # 2D acoustic particle with density ρ = 10.0 and soundspeed c = 2.0
p1 = Particle(particle_medium, Sphere([-2.0,2.0], 2.0));
p2 = Particle(particle_medium, Sphere([-2.0,-2.0], 0.5));
particles = [p1,p2];

Lastly we define the source, for example an incident plane wave (incident plane wave) using a helper function.

source = plane_source(host_medium; direction = [1.0,0.0])

Once we have these three components, we can build our FrequencySimulation object

simulation = FrequencySimulation(particles, source)

To get numerical results, we run our simulation for specific positions and angular frequencies,

x = [[-10.0,0.0], [0.0,0.0]]
max_ω = 1.0
ω = 0.01:0.01:max_ω
result = run(simulation, x, ω)


The package also provides recipes to be used with the Plots package for plotting simulations after they have been run. In our above simulation we ran the simulation for 100 different wavenumbers, and measured the response at the location (-10,0). We can plot the time-harmonic response across these wavenumbers by typing:

using Plots

Plot of response against wavenumber

For a better overview you can plot the whole field in space for a specific angular frequency by typing:

ω = 0.8

Plot real part of acoustic field

This measures the field at lots of points in the domain, so we can get an understanding of what is happening for one particular angular frequency.

Note: most things in the package can be plotted by typing plot(thing) if you need an insight into a specific part of your simulation.

To calculate an incident plane wave pulse in time use:

time_result = frequency_to_time(result)

Plot real part of acoustic field Or for a Gaussian impulse in time:

t_vec = LinRange(0.,700.,400)
time_result = frequency_to_time(result; t_vec = t_vec, impulse = GaussianImpulse(max_ω))

Plot real part of acoustic field

More examples

There are a lot of defaults implicit in this basic example. Almost every part of the problem can be controlled, for example we can manually construct the set of particles, define their positions, radii and give them specific material properties. For all examples see here.

Acknowledgements and contributing

This library was restructured from one written by Artur L Gower and Jonathan Deakin. Please contribute, if nothing else, criticism is welcome. We are relatively new to Julia, and this is our first package, if anything is untoward or even non-standard, please let us know.

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