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Wave Optics Modulex

Computing the Scattering of Light from a Rough Surface with a Metal Coating

These examples demonstrate how to compute the total reflection, transmission, and absorption of light when a plane wave, at optical wavelengths, is incident upon a dielectric slab with a thin metal coating. Three examples are included that show: An optically flat slab A slab with a ... Read More

Photonic Crystal

Photonic crystal devices are periodic structures of alternating layers of materials with different refractive indices. Waveguides that are confined inside of a photonic crystal can have very sharp low-loss bends, which may enable an increase in integration density of several orders of ... Read More

Dielectric Slab Waveguide

A planar dielectric slab waveguide demonstrates the principles behind any kind of dielectric waveguide such as a ridge waveguide or a step-index fiber. This model solves for the effective index and fields of a dielectric slab waveguide and compares the solution to analytic results. Read More

Step-Index Fiber Bend

The first part of the application computes the modes for a straight step index fiber made of silica glass. In the second part, a step index fiber bend with a 3 mm radius of curvature is analyzed with respect to propagating modes and radiation loss. It is shown how to find the power ... Read More

Second Harmonic Generation of a Gaussian Beam (Wave Optics)

It is possible to generate harmonics that are multiples of the frequency of laser light by using nonlinear optical materials. This model demonstrates second harmonic generation using transient wave simulation and nonlinear material properties. A YAG (lambda=1.06 micron) laser beam is ... Read More

Single Mode Fiber-to-Fiber Coupling

Focusing a laser beam onto the tip of a single mode fiber is a common way to couple light. To achieve a good coupling efficiency, the spatial mode of the light field has to match the spatial model of the fiber. In this model, we use the Beam Envelopes Method to compute a small free space ... Read More

Directional Coupler

Two embedded optical waveguides in close proximity form a directional coupler. The cladding material is GaAs and the core material is ion-implanted GaAs. The waveguide is excited by the two first supermodes of the waveguide structure - the symmetric and antisymmetric modes. Two numeric ... Read More

3D Wave Propagation in Silicon Waveguide with Rib and Slot Configurations

A 3D silicon waveguide is set up with rib and slot configurations. The meshing includes physics-controlled mesh, with the number of longitudinal mesh elements set to 50 to visualize the wave oscillation. The detailed discussion of the model setup is discussed in the blog post: "Silicon ... Read More

Stress-Optical Effects in a Photonic Waveguide

Planar photonic waveguides in silica (SiO2) have great potential for use in wavelength routing applications. The major problem with this type of waveguide is birefringence. Anisotropic refractive indices result in fundamental mode splitting and pulse broadening. The goal is to minimize ... Read More

Whispering Gallery Mode Resonator

Dielectric microspheres can support whispering gallery modes with high optical quality factors. This model illustrates how to compute the different eigenmodes and resonance frequencies. The resonance frequencies are either filtered by their spatial localization in the resonator or by ... Read More