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The Nonparaxial Gaussian Beam Formula for Simulating Wave Optics

June 26, 2018

Here’s your introduction to the nonparaxial gaussian beam formula, which is used for simulating wave optics problems in COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Chasing Waves: The Story of John Scott Russell and the KdV Equation

May 9, 2018

It all started with a horse: Learn about the history and use cases for solitons, as well as the life and work of the naval architect behind the KdV equation: John Scott Russell.

How to Model Linear and Nonlinear Optics in the COMSOL® Software

April 6, 2018

See how to model the Kerr effect, and other linear and nonlinear optical phenomena, using the Wave Optics Module and COMSOL Multiphysics®.

How to Use the Beam Envelopes Method for Wave Optics Simulations

January 8, 2018

In order to simulate optically large optical systems, you need to solve for Maxwell’s equations, which requires a fine mesh and a lot of computational energy. Enter the beam envelope method.

How to Model Optical Anisotropic Media with COMSOL Multiphysics®

December 4, 2017

Erasmus Bartholinus first observed the optical effect of birefringence in 1669. Today, you can observe this effect with a specialized modeling approach for optical anisotropic media.

Silicon Photonics: Designing and Prototyping Silicon Waveguides

September 19, 2017

John Tyndall tried to control the most visible form of energy, light, using 2 buckets and some water. Today, there is a more advanced device for this purpose: a silicon waveguide.

How to Model the Optical Properties of Rough Surfaces

June 6, 2017

We develop a computational model for calculating the optical properties of rough surfaces, such as incident light on a dielectric material with random variations in height and thickness.

Analyzing the Design of a New Generation of Midinfrared Fiber Optics

April 17, 2017

Semiconductor simulation software is a promising method for advancing the design of midinfrared fiber optics because it can be used to measure propagation losses in the optical fibers.