Cross-Entropy Method for Electromagnetic Optimization with Constraints and Mixed Variables

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publication Type:
Journal Article
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 2017, 65, (10), pp. 5532-5540
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An elegant and simple approach is presented for electromagnetic (EM) optimizations, especially when mixed variables and/or constraints are involved. In mixed-variable optimization, some variables are continuous (can take any value within a range) and others are discrete (can take only values from a database). An example constraint is when the total length of a device under optimization is specified. Our approach can handle such optimization problems and is based on an abstract probabilistic evolutionary optimization algorithm, called the cross-entropy (CE) method. We believe that this is the first application of CE with full-wave EM simulations. A quick performance benchmarking on two test functions was performed to compare convergence of CE and two other established optimization algorithms. Then, the advantages of the CE method when simultaneously optimizing a mix of discrete and continuous variables and imposing geometric constraints are illustrated. Finally, six resonant cavity antennas (RCAs) were optimized, and one was prototyped and tested to verify predicted results. This one-layer-superstrate RCA prototype has a measured peak directivity of 17.6 dBi with a 3 dB directivity bandwidth of 51% and lower sidelobes, outperforming all such prototypes in the literature.
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