Implementation of a point-to-point ray tracer

TitleImplementation of a point-to-point ray tracer
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2021
AuthorsDriggers, S, Kaeppler, SR
Conference NameHamSCI Workshop 2021
Date Published03/2021
Conference LocationScranton, PA (Virtual)

Most ray tracers treat the problem as a Hamiltonian optics problem given an index of refraction, i.e., the ionosphere in this case.  However, Coleman 2011 developed a method for ray tracing that used a direct variation method.  The advantage of this method is that the endpoints of the ray remained fixed, while in more standard ray tracer, rays are launched until a link is made between the transmitter and receiver.  Development of this method may provide a potentially efficient method for determining the link between a transmitter receiver pair, given a model ionosphere.  We present efforts toward implementing the methodology described by Coleman 2011.

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