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The diffraction of a resistive half plane over a planar resistive sheet under plane wave illum1ination is determined via the dual integral equation method (a variation of the Wiener-Hopf method). The solution is obtained upon splitting the associated Wiener-Hopf functions via a numerically efficient routine. Based on the derived exact half plane dliffraction coefficient, a simplified equivalent model of the structure is developed when the separation of the half plane and resistive plane is on the order of a tenth of a wavelength or less. The model preserves the geometrical optics field of the original structure for all angles and is based on an approximate image theory of the resistive plane. Good agreement is obtained with the diffracted field exact solution.


Originally published in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 41, No. 8, pp. 1063–1068, Aug. 1993.