(Received November 25, 2003; accepted January 14, 2004; published May 28, 2004)
An impulse representation for calculating a diffraction wave due to a rigid wedge is described. The method is an approximation of the Biot-Tolstoy rigorous closed-form solution for the diffraction of point source radiation by an infinite rigid wedge. The band-limited time-domain function can be reconstructed to the original waveform if it satisfies the sampling theorem, which assumes that sampling takes place at the lowest permissible sampling rate. Therefore, if the energy is concentrated between the first sampling intervals immediately after the rise time of the time-domain function, the rigorous solution can be approximated as a delta function. This paper shows the description methods of the diffraction field near the ridge in three-dimensional space. Using the proposed impulse representation, numerical simulation was performed and the calculation accuracy was examined.