Parameter Name 
Valid Entries 
Description 


Full, Ports Only 
Solve on the full model or on the ports only. 

h0.5, h1.5, h2.5, h3.5, h4.5, c1.5, c2.5, c3.5, c4.5 
The basis set dictates the accuracy of the field representation within each mesh element. The higher the basis set order, the more functions are used, generally resulting in a more accurate result. For more information, see “Basis Set”. 

True, False 
If false, the solver will not output the mesh to its dataset, thus reducing computation time and data set (and thus project) size. This can be useful in cases such as sweeps or optimizations, where mesh data is not necessary. 

Local Error Estimate 
Determines what quantity is used to determine where to refine the mesh during AMR. 

Full path to optional field output file to be used by other simulators (e.g. PT3p). 


Automatic, Discrete, GAWE 
The Discrete sweep solves for each frequency point independently. It is typically faster for simulations with fewer frequencies per active process, especially if the simulation includes many ports. The GAWE (Galerkin Asymptotic Wave Expansion) sweep uses an asymptotic method to approximate the solution in bands of frequencies around expansion points. This method is faster than a Discrete sweep for a large frequency count with a relatively small number of ports. When the Automatic sweep type is selected, the solver uses either a Discrete sweep or a GAWE sweep, depending on which is likely to be faster for the given frequency count, port count, and parallel configuration. 

Linear Range Count, Linear Range Increment, “Custom List Specification” 
Determines how the frequencies are specified. 

Per Material, Never, Always 
This flag controls whether the solver will solve for the field inside metal conductors. This is sometimes necessary to achieve high accuracy solutions. Solving inside conductors generally increases the solution time and should not be done unless the skindepth is comparable to the metal thickness over at least a portion of the frequency band. Otherwise, lossy metal will be approximated using impedance boundary conditions on the metal surface, which will yield sufficient accuracy in most cases without incurring the runtime performance penalty of solving inside the metal. 

Numerical frequency value. Any simulation below this frequency is treated as indicated by the choice in . 


Cubic Polynomial Fit, None 
This flag controls solver behavior at frequencies below the minimum solved frequency. If Cubic Polynomial Fit, results at frequencies below the minimum solved frequency are extrapolated from the results above the minimum solved frequency, using a cubic polynomial fit. If None, results at frequencies below the minimum solved frequency are found by solving at the minimum solved frequency. 

None, AMR Frequencies Only, All Frequencies 
Fields (E, H, and optionally surface current J) can be output at the AMR frequencies, at all frequencies, or not at all. Field output will slow the solution sequence somewhat, and will also inflate the size of the solution datasets. 

True, False 
If true, surface current density fields are generated. 

True, False 
If true, the losses on conducting walls are generated as additional fields. 

None, AMR Frequencies Only, All Frequencies 
Request far field output at the AMR frequencies, at all frequencies, or at no frequencies. If either AMR Frequencies Only or All Frequencies is selected, antenna patterns and related results such as gain and directivity are computed for the entire frequency spectrum. 

Sampling increment of far field sphere in theta direction, in degrees. 


Sampling increment of far field sphere in phi direction, in degrees. 


X axis direction in world coordinates. The far field sphere is most densely sampled on the Z axis. By adjusting the axes of the sphere, the densesampling region may be rotated to an area of known interest in the antenna pattern without incurring the computational cost of a smaller sphere sampling increment. This is a unitless vector and its magnitude is irrelevant. 


Z axis direction in world coordinates. The far field sphere is most densely sampled on the Z axis. By adjusting the axes of the sphere, the densesampling region may be rotated to an area of known interest in the antenna pattern without incurring the computational cost of a smaller sphere sampling increment. This is a unitless vector and its magnitude is irrelevant. 


Automatic, h0.5, h1.5, h2.5, h3.5, h4.5, c1.5, c2.5, c3.5, c4.5 
The basis set dictates the accuracy of the field representation within each mesh element. The higher the basis set order, the more functions are used, generally resulting in a more accurate result. Automatic causes the use of a basis set one order higher than is used in the volumetric solve. For more information, see “Basis Set”. 

Used in the determination of mode degeneracies. If the Kz values of two modes are within this tolerance, the two modes are considered to be degenerate and single mode (formed by a linear combination) is output. 


Automatic, Iterative, Direct 
This flag controls whether the eigensolver uses a direct or iterative method. The Direct method identifies all of the eigenmodes and then selects the appropriate ones based upon sorting criteria. The Direct method is very robust, but it scales very poorly with mesh element count. The Iterative methods converge only one, to at most a few modes of interest, but do so quite rapidly and in a fashion that scales well as the port meshes increase in element count. Except possibly for very small problems, the Iterative methods are the best choice, and the Automatic selection is equivalent to Iterative. 

Visible if 


Visible if 


Automatic, Port Arnoldi, Port Lanczos 
Visible if 

True, False 
If true, status messages from the port eigensolver are sent to the log. 

Automatic, Direct 
This parameter controls the type of solver that is used to solve the matrix equation(s). The Direct solver performs an LU factorization of the matrix, and the iterative method uses a variant of the preconditioned conjugate gradient (PCG) method. The Automatic selection is equivalent to Direct, and this is almost always faster than the Iterative option. 

Automatic, HMLU, MFLU 
Choosing “Direct” for the linear solver method parameter forces the solver to use one of two methods that rely on an LU factorization of the system matrix – “MFLU” and “HMLU”. 

Automatic, Low, Medium, High, Perfect 
The HMLU linear solver produces an inexact LU factorization of the system matrix that is subsequently used in an iterative loop to determine the solution vectors for port/mode excitations. The accuracy of the factor can be controlled via the “Factor Accuracy Level” solver parameter. Options are “Low”, “Medium”, “High”, “Perfect”, and “Automatic”. The “Perfect” setting yields a factor with an accuracy equivalent to that obtained using the MFLU solver, and will result in the iterative loop converging in a single step. A lower factor accuracy is faster to compute and takes less system memory, as compared to higher accuracy settings, but it can also lead to more iterations being required in the iterative loop. If the “Automatic” setting is chosen, the solver will adjust the accuracy setting as necessary to minimize runtime and memory, starting with the “Low” setting. The “Automatic” setting also allows for failover to a different solver if the default solver cannot solve the problem. 

Not visible if 


Power Current, Power Voltage, Voltage Current, Wave 
The characteristic impedance at a wave port can be computed using one of three expressions: P/I^{2} (called "Power Current"), PV^{2} (called "Power Voltage"), and V/I ("Voltage Current"). In homogeneous waveguides the wave impedance (called "Wave") is also available. For most singlemoded transmission lines the three expressions will give similar values, while in waveguides all four options can be quite different and the proper one to use will be problemdependent. When using either the Power Voltage or Voltage Current method in a waveguide port, the voltage is calculated in the direction given by the port's Orientation Up Vector, as defined in port properties. 
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