A New Formalism for Electromagnetic Scattering in Complex Geometry

A New Formalism for Electromagnetic Scattering in Complex Geometry

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Leslie Greengard, Courant Institute for Mathematics, NYC
Fine Hall 214

We will describe some recent, elementary results in the theory of electromagnetic scattering in R3. There are two classical approaches that we will review - one based on the vector and scalar potential and applicable in arbitrary geometry, and one based on two scalar potentials, due to Lorenz, Debye and Mie, valid only in the exterior (or interior) of a sphere. In extending the Lorenz-Debye-Mie approach to arbitrary geometry, we have encountered some new mathematical questions involving differential geometry, partial differential equations and numerical analysis. This is joint work with Charlie Epstein.