Manipulation of backscattering from a dielectric cylinder of triangular cross-section using the interplay of go-like ray effects and resonances
A triangular dielectric cylinder (dielectric prism) of the size, in cross-section, comparable to or moderately larger than the wavelength is a scatterer, which blends together two different types of electromagnetic behavior: geometrical optics (GO) and resonance. As shown in this paper, the first is responsible, for instance, for enhanced reflection from an isosceles 90° prism, if illuminated from the base. The second is responsible for the peaks in the total scattering and absorption cross-sections (ACSs) at the natural-mode frequencies. The numerical analysis is performed by solving the well-conditioned Muller-type boundary integral equation (IE) discretized using an algorithm with controlled accuracy.