A perspective on the 40-year history of FDTD computational electrodynamics

Allen Taflove*

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This paper arises from an invited plenary talk by the author at the 2006 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium in Miami, FL (The 71 original slides can be downloaded at http://www.ece.northwestern.edu/ecefaculty/ taflove/ACES_talk.pdf). This paper summarizes the author's perspectives on the history and future prospects of finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) computational electrodynamics on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Kane Yee's seminal Paper #1. During these four decades, advances in basic theory, software realizations, and computing technology have elevated FDTD techniques to the top rank of computational tools for engineers and scientists studying electrodynamic phenomena and systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalApplied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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