Numerical research is reported on the propagation of short microwave pulses into living, biological materials. These materials are dispersive, and data on the dielectric constant and conductivity for these materials follow a Debye model. A Fourier-series calculation is presented that predicts the occurrence of Brillouin precursors when the incident pulses have sufficiently short rise times. These transients are attenuated with increasing propagation distance but are attenuated more slowly than the carrier frequency of the pulse, which is attenuated exponentially with distance. An analysis of the numerical error resulting from truncation of the Fourier series is given. Upper-bound estimates of truncation error show good series convergence.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 9, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: April 4, 1989
Published: September 1, 1989
Richard Albanese, John Penn, and Richard Medina, "Short-rise-time microwave pulse propagation through dispersive biological media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 6, 1441-1446 (1989)