• Technical Conference: 

    15 – 20 May 2022

  • Exhibition: 

    17 – 19 May 2022

Finite Element Modeling Methods for Photonics and Optics

Wednesday, 18 May 13:30 – 14:00
Optica Booth 113

Numerical modelling and simulation of optical devices and components is a key tool in improving performance by reducing time and monetary costs, design optimization and characterization as well as innovating new ideas. Both passive and active devices are modelled and optimized numerically. In some cases simulation is the only way to explore phenomena where technology is not advanced enough for fabrication. The interaction of the optical beam with physical effects such as non-linearity, stress, strain, change in refractive index due to temperature, application of electric fields etc. are now extremely important. Modelling complements experimental work perfectly and almost no research is conducted without it.

The Finite Element (FE) method is one of the most popular and powerful methods for modelling in Photonics. This short course starts with Maxwell’s equations and explains the basic principles of numerical modelling and the key assumptions involved. This foundation is used to develop the FE method, including a brief tour of the mathematics. How the method can be applied to various optical devices is discussed in detail. How physical effects can be included with the FE method for modelling is considered. The course ends with an explanation of FE based beam propagation methods and how these can be used to find the evolution of the optical fields.

For questions, please contact Drew Thomas at dthomas@optica.org

Hosted by: 


Arti Agrawal, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia