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Wave Optics Blog Posts

Optimizing Mach-Zehnder Modulator Designs with COMSOL Software

April 8, 2014

3 design requirements for a Mach–Zehnder modulator: It must produce low loss, give a 50/50 split of power through the 2 output arms, and be used as a spatial switch. See how simulation can help.

Benchmark Model Results Agree with Fresnel Equations

March 12, 2014

Bright idea: When a ray of light (an electromagnetic wave) propagating through free space hits a dielectric medium, part of the light will be transmitted and part will be reflected.

Modeling Electromagnetic Waves and Periodic Structures

January 17, 2014

Oftentimes, it is of interest to model an EM wave (light, microwaves) incident upon periodic structures, such as diffraction gratings, metamaterials, and frequency selective surfaces.

Gaussian Beam Striking an Array of Nanorods

October 8, 2013

A Gaussian beam that is striking an array of nanorods is an example of optical scattering. Consider metallic nanorods that are very close together and have a diameter much smaller than the wavelength of a Gaussian beam that falls upon them. If the beam were to be polarized along the rods, they would act as though they were not actually individual rods, but a sheet of metal. The array is nearly transparent to the wave when it is polarized perpendicular […]

Taking Care of Fast Oscillations with the Wave Optics Module

May 7, 2013

The new COMSOL Multiphysics Wave Optics Module provides engineers with a great set of features for designing their simulations. One of the new capabilities included in this module is the groundbreaking beam envelope method for electromagnetic full-wave propagation. We hope this feature will become instrumental to the optics community.

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