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Wilson D. K., V. E. Ostashev and M. S. Lewis (July 2009): Moment-screen method for sound propagation in a refractive medium with random scattering. Wave Random Complex, 19 (3), 369-391. doi:10.1080/17455030802647462

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Direct numerical solution of a parabolic equation (PE) for the second moment of the sound field in a refracting medium with random scattering is described. The method determines the mean-square sound pressure without requiring generation of random realizations of the propagation medium. The second-moment matrix is factored into components that are independently propagated with a conventional PE algorithm. A moment screen is periodically applied to attenuate the coherence of the wavefield, much as phase screens are often applied in the method of random realizations. An example involving upwind and downwind propagation in the near-ground atmosphere shows that the new direct method converges to an accurate solution faster than the method of random realizations and is particularly well suited to calculations at low frequencies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: PSD Publications
Divisions: Physical Sciences Division
DOI: 10.1080/17455030802647462