|Title||Implementation of a point-to-point ray tracer|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Conference||2021|
|Authors||Driggers, S, Kaeppler, SR|
|Conference Name||HamSCI Workshop 2021|
|Conference Location||Scranton, PA (Virtual)|
Most ray tracers treat the problem as a Hamiltonian optics problem given an index of refraction, i.e., the ionosphere in this case. However, Coleman 2011 developed a method for ray tracing that used a direct variation method. The advantage of this method is that the endpoints of the ray remained fixed, while in more standard ray tracer, rays are launched until a link is made between the transmitter and receiver. Development of this method may provide a potentially efficient method for determining the link between a transmitter receiver pair, given a model ionosphere. We present efforts toward implementing the methodology described by Coleman 2011.