## Keynote Video: Solving 2 Transport Process Problems with Simulation

##### Caty Fairclough January 19, 2017

In a keynote presentation from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston, Carl Meinhart from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Numerical Design discusses simulating transport processes.

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##### Andrew Strikwerda January 18, 2017

Learn how to couple radiating and receiving antennas in your simulations by using the scattered field formulation. Part 3 of a series on multiscale modeling in high-frequency electromagnetics.

### Understanding the Paraxial Gaussian Beam Formula

##### Yosuke Mizuyama September 21, 2016

The Gaussian beam is recognized as one of the most useful light sources. To describe the Gaussian beam, there is a mathematical formula called the paraxial Gaussian beam formula. Today, we’ll learn about this formula, including its limitations, by using the Electromagnetic Waves, Frequency Domain interface in the COMSOL MultiphysicsÂ® software. We’ll also provide further detail into a potential cause of error when utilizing this formula. In a later blog post, we’ll provide solutions to the limitations discussed here.

### Study the Design of a Polarizing Beam Splitter with an App

##### Abbie Weingaertner September 12, 2016

Polarizing beam splitters are optical devices used to split a single light beam into two beams of varying linear polarizations. These devices are useful for splitting high-intensity light beams like lasers as, unlike absorptive polarizers, they do not absorb or dissipate the energy of the rejected polarization state. See why creating a numerical modeling app offers a more efficient approach to analyzing and optimizing the design of these devices.

### How to Implement the Fourier Transformation in COMSOL Multiphysics

##### Yosuke Mizuyama May 30, 2016

In a previous blog post, we discussed simulating focused laser beams for holographic data storage. In a more specific example, an electromagnetic wave focused by a Fourier lens is given by Fourier transforming the electromagnetic field amplitude at the lens entrance. Let’s see how to perform this integral type of preprocessing and postprocessing in COMSOL Multiphysics with a Fraunhofer diffraction example.

### Comparing Two Interfaces for High-Frequency Modeling

##### Andrew Strikwerda May 26, 2016

It is always important to choose the correct tool for the job, and choosing the correct interface for high-frequency electromagnetic simulations is no different. In this blog post, we take a simple example of a plane wave incident upon a dielectric slab in air and solve it in two different ways to highlight the practical differences and relative advantages of the Electromagnetic Waves, Frequency Domain interface and the Electromagnetic Waves, Beam Envelopes interface.

### How to Simulate a Holographic Page Data Storage System

##### Yosuke Mizuyama April 14, 2016

We’ve learned how to simulate a simple bit-by-bit holographic data storage model in COMSOL Multiphysics by choosing an appropriate beam size and implementing the recording and retrieval process. Today, we step forward and demonstrate how to simulate a more difficult and complex, yet more realistic and interesting model of a holographic page data storage system.

### Simulating Holographic Data Storage in COMSOL Multiphysics

##### Yosuke Mizuyama April 5, 2016

Physicist and electrical engineer Dennis Gabor invented holography about 70 years ago. Ever since then, the form of optical technology has developed in many different ways. In this blog post, part one in a series, we talk about a specific industrial application of holograms in consumer electronics and demonstrate how to use COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate holograms in a wide spectrum of optical and numerical techniques.

### Modeling Phononic Band Gap Materials and Structures

##### GuestNagi Elabbasi February 10, 2016

Today, guest blogger and Certified Consultant Nagi Elabbasi of Veryst Engineering shares simulation research designed to optimize band gaps for phononic crystals. Phononic crystals are rather unique materials that can be engineered with a particular band gap. As the demand for these materials continues to grow, so does the interest in simulating them, specifically to optimize their band gaps. COMSOL Multiphysics, as we’ll show you here, can be used to perform such studies.

### Model Cables and Transmission Lines in COMSOL Multiphysics

##### Andrew Strikwerda February 9, 2016

Electrical cables are classified by parameters such as impedance and power attenuation. In this blog post, we consider a case for which analytic solutions exist: a coaxial cable. We will show you how to compute the cable parameters from a COMSOL Multiphysics simulation of the electromagnetic fields. Once we understand how this is done for a coaxial cable, we can then compute these parameters for an arbitrary type of transmission line or cable.

### App: Measuring the Diffraction Efficiency of a Wire Grating

##### Bridget Cunningham August 13, 2015

Diffraction gratings are often used as a tool for bending and spreading light in optical instruments. Analyzing the diffraction efficiency of such optical components is important, as this can affect the instrument’s performance. Simulation offers an efficient way for testing various grating designs to achieve an optimal configuration. By creating a simulation app, you can further expedite this process, extending simulation capabilities to a wider audience. Our Plasmonic Wire Grating Analyzer demo app highlights this approach.