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NUSOD 2019 tutorial on photonic design and simulation using Lumerical tools

Thursday, July 11, 2019: 17:00-19:00

In this tutorial we will cover the best practices for simulating, analyzing, and optimizing photonic components used in modern optical transceivers, including passive components for guiding light, optical modulators, and photodetectors. Lumerical offers a comprehensive suite of tools to enable the optical, electrical and thermal simulation of these components, including FDTD Solutions, MODE Solutions, DEVICE, and INTERCONNECT, as well as data exchange solutions between these products.

The tutorial will consist of three parts:

  1. Inverse design of passive optical components – Using adjoint optimization techniques, existing designs with large parameter spaces can be optimized and novel optimal designs can be synthesized efficiently.

    Optimize the insertion loss for a Y-branch

  2. Electro-optic modulators – Calculate the modulation response, loss, bandwidth, and compact model parameters of many different modulator types using Lumerical’s component and photonic circuit solvers.

    Typical workflow for a Mach-Zehnder modulator

  3. Waveguide-integrated photodetectors – Calculate the dark current, responsivity and bandwidth for both PIN and avalanche photodetectors in silicon and germanium photonic integrated circuits using Lumerical’s component and photonic circuit solvers.

    Typical workflow in photodetector simulations

The tutorial is open to everyone in attendance at NUSOD 2019. If you would like to participate in the simulation of application examples, please download most up-to-date version of our software.

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