The Surface Sensor Definition allows users to specify both time-domain and frequency-domain data to collect on a 2-D surface. A definition accompanies a surface sensor–planar sensor, rectangular sensor, or sensor on model surface–in order to determine the locations where to collect data.

Users can access the Surface Sensor Definition Editor by either right-clicking on the Definitions branch of the Project Tree and selecting New Surface Sensor Definition, or double-clicking on an existing definition in the Project Tree.

Screenshot of the Surface Sensor Definition Editor.

The Fields to Save options determine which output to save by allowing users to select one or more of the following Field vs Time options:

Users should note that the scattered fields are collected only when using a plane wave excitation and the scattered-field formulation is specified when creating an FDTD simulation. Poynting vector is an available result when both E and H versus time are collected.

Users can also choose one or more of the following Fields vs Frequency options:

Users should note that steady-state fields are collected only when frequencies of interest are specified when creating an FDTD simulation. Average power results require that both E and H versus frequency are collected, and rotating B+ and B- require that B versus frequency is collected.

The Sampling Time Range settings specify when cell edge data is saved to disk and made available for graphing. Users can either enter the desired Start Time and End Time, or check Start of Simulation and End of Simulation to assign the sampling time range to the simulation's beginning and ending values, respectively. Users can either enter a value for the Sampling Interval, which determines how often data is sampled within the time range, or check the Use Project Value option to define the Sampling Interval using the value in the advanced tab of the project properties editor. By default, XF selects a sampling rate that prevents aliasing of frequency-domain output.

Four buttons provide options for completing changes to the project properties: