Engineering the Flow of Light Using Photonic Crystals

Uttam Pal July 25, 2019

Did you know that the discovery of photonic crystals in 1980 came about because of an attempt to reduce the losses in semiconductor lasers in a specific frequency range?

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Bridget Paulus December 19, 2018

For synchrotron light sources, brighter is better: RadiaSoft LLC creates and deploys wave optics simulation applications to design improved vacuum chambers for a synchrotron upgrade project.

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Brianne Christopher August 14, 2018

The effect of a “whispering gallery” can be observed (a similar way) in another field of science entirely: light waves traveling in an optical ring resonator.

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Yosuke Mizuyama June 26, 2018

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

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Uttam Pal 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®.

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Yosuke Mizuyama 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.

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Uttam Pal 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.

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Uttam Pal 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.

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Walter Frei 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.

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Yosuke Mizuyama February 27, 2017

In this wave optics demonstration, learn how to implement the Fourier transformation for computed solutions, using the example of an electromagnetic simulation of a Fresnel lens.

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Caty Fairclough February 17, 2017

Magneto-optic (MO) routers are an efficient alternative to electro-optic (EO) routers for communication systems. Learn about a modeling approach used by researchers to improve MO router designs.

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