Lumerical Delivers the First Multiphysics Simulation Suite Purpose-Built for Photonics Designers


The addition of a finite element eigenmode solver (FEEM) to the DEVICE multiphysics platform enables designers to analyze optical, electrical, and thermal effects within a single modeling environment.

Vancouver, BC (June 25, 2018)

Lumerical Inc., (https://www.lumerical.com) a leading developer of photonic design and simulation tools, announced the addition of a new finite element eigenmode solver (FEEM) to DEVICE, its multiphysics photonics design platform. Combined with Lumerical’s industry-leading optical simulators - FDTD Solutions and MODE Solutions – FEEM marks an important milestone in the company’s efforts to provide the photonics community with a highly integrated photonics simulation suite, specifically designed for the characterization and optimization of photonic components.

With the addition of FEEM into DEVICE, designers are now able to analyze optical, electrical and thermal effects within a single modeling environment. The resulting single-model approach minimizes time-to-results for complex active devices, such as electro-optic and thermo-optic modulators, and opens a reliable path to know-how reuse, deep design automation and first-time-right development.

“We are excited about the native mode analysis functionality that the new FEEM solver will add to DEVICE. The ability to fully simulate electro-optical behaviors of active photonic components within a single physical model is key to reducing our design cycle time and possible errors,” said Dr. Ashkan Seyedi, Research Scientist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

Lumerical component tools offer a comprehensive and flexible solution for photonics designers

Thanks to its material-adaptive finite element mesh and higher order mesh polynomials, the new FEEM solver gives designers superior accuracy and performance scaling, even when complex geometries or material properties are at play. This flexibility makes the solver ideal for traditional integrated photonics components, such as SOI waveguides and modulators, as well as more challenging applications like photonic crystal fibers and GRINs. FEEM supports custom-defined index perturbations, generated by electrical and thermal phenomena, and fully integrates with DEVICE’s charge and heat transport solvers, making the investigation of multiphysics effects easier than ever. Combining DEVICE’s capabilities with those of FDTD Solutions and MODE Solutions through Lumerical’s Python API and scripting environment, designers can leverage a highly integrated tool suite to model all aspects of passive and active photonic components.

Together with the FEEM solver, the 2018b release of DEVICE introduces significant improvements specifically aimed at aiding the modeling flow for integrated photonic components. These enhancements include mask-defined ion implantation simulation, more than 500 scriptable material properties, and autocompletion of property and object names in Lumerical’s integrated scripting environment.

“With the latest developments in DEVICE, our component tools become an irreplaceable platform to reliably move from conceptual component design to production, offering designers the first multiphysics platform built by photonics designers for photonics designers. The ion implantation simulator and the addition of FEEM to our existing solver suite are critical to enabling rapid design iteration and innovation,” said Dr. James Pond, Lumerical CTO.

Lumerical will present new developments in DEVICE in two webinars, on June 28th and July 12th. The webinar will illustrate best practices for the design of photodetectors and electro-optic modulators, discuss usage of FEEM and its solver objects, and present convergence improvements to the charge transport solver. Interested parties can register at http://lumeri.ca/k25js

Lumerical INTERCONNECT leads the charge towards integrated electronic-photonic design automation:

Designers focusing on optimizing system-wide performance will also be able to leverage the many additions to INTERCONNECT, Lumerical’s photonic integrated circuit simulation platform. The latest release of this industry-leading PIC simulation package comes with performance improvements to its schematic editor, supporting large scale electronic/photonic integrated circuits. Lumerical’s close collaboration with major photonics foundries, customers, and EDA industry partners also resulted in numerous additions to INTERCONNECT’s simulation capabilities, ranging from non-linear waveguides and time-varying optical S-parameters, to powerful functionality for optical communication systems, such as signal aligners, automatic gain control and filter coefficient equalizers. INTERCONNECT also maintains strong integration and co-design capabilities with major EDA tools, supporting Lumerical’s vision for validated, unified EPDA flows that foster industry growth.

The 2018b release is available for download starting June 28th, at https://www.lumerical.com

About Lumerical

Lumerical develops photonic simulation software – tools which enable product designers to understand light, and predict how it behaves within complex structures, circuits, and systems. Since being founded in 2003, Lumerical has grown to license its design tools in over 50 countries and its customers include 10 of the top 15 companies in the S&P 1200 Global IT index, and 46 of the top 50 research universities as rated by the Times Higher Education rankings. Lumerical’s substantial impact on the photonic design and simulation community means its tools are among the most widely cited in the scientific press, with references in more than 10,000 scientific publications and patents. Lumerical enables its customers to achieve more with light, and establish a leading position in the development of transformative technologies employing photonics.