Lumerical Extreme Photonics Workshop

Lumerical at Extreme Photonics Workshop 2012

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When: Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Where: University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada

The training will be held at the University of Ottawa on Saturday, May 5th, 2012. The course runs from 9am to 5pm.

Workshop Outline

Lumerical's software suite

  • Introduction to Lumerical
  • Introduction to FDTD Solutions
  • Review the FDTD method
  • Obtaining desired results from a time domain simulation, Frequency domain information, Quality factors, Mode profiles, Far-field projections,
  • Sources, monitors and boundary conditions
  • Scripting
  • Parameterized layout
  • Distributed and concurrent computing
  • Dispersive and anisotropic materials
  • Upcoming features in FDTD 8
  • Introduction to MODE Solutions
  • Algorithms review
  • Introduction to INTERCONNECT
  • Introduction to DEVICE

Lunch Break


  • High Q photonic crystal cavities
  • Determining Q factors
  • Extracting mode profiles
  • SPR waveguides with nanoantenna
  • Fluorescence enhancement calculation for fluorophores near metallic particles
  • Metamaterials


To secure your seat and get more information on the event please register on our website. For any questions or comments about the workshop please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


LovaLite and Lumerical Solutions invite you to attend a training seminar designed specifically to meet the needs of your research and development work. This advanced training event will be presented by Dr. James Pond, CTO of Lumerical, and will be an interactive and collaborative workshop where users can discuss advanced topics, understand subtle numerical details to avoid future pitfalls, and develop new simulation methodologies. Attendees will learn simulation best practices for obtaining results that can be compared to experiment and will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on Lumerical’s future product development.

In advance of the training event, attendees will receive a survey to better understand which topics and which applications they would most like to cover. The final course will emphasize those topics of most interest to the attendees.


Some experience with FDTD Solutions is highly recommended. In addition, we recommend that attendees view some of our FDTD training videos online at in advance of this training session. Attendees can also download a free 30 day evaluation copy from

Each attendee needs to bring his/her own laptop and must have administrator rights on the laptop in order to install the FDTD Solutions software. The latter will be provided in the training course.

How long is the training event?

The course starts on April 19, at 9 am, and ends on April 20, at approximately 5 pm.

What Topics will be addressed?

The following topics can be addressed. The final selection of topics, and the amount of time on each topic will depend on attendee feedback prior to the event.

Introduction and review

  • Introduction to Lumerical
  • Overview of the FDTD method and when it should be applied
  • How to efficiently obtain steady state, continuous wave results from a time domain method
  • Features and workflow of FDTD Solutions
  • Review of the key software features
    • Scripting language
    • Structure groups and analysis groups
    • Optimization and parameter sweeps
    • Far field analysis
    • Advanced boundary conditions
    • Dispersive and anisotropic materials

Advanced numerical topics

  • Understanding and reducing interpolation errors on an FDTD mesh
  • Convergence testing
  • Dipoles and Green’s function calculations
  • Radiated power, local density of states, dipoles in lossy media
  • Modal decomposition of FDTD results and S parameter extraction
    • Photonic circuit calculations with Lumerical INTERCONNECT
  • Absorption calculations in metals and high index dielectrics
    • Electrical calculations with Lumerical DEVICE
  • PML boundary conditions
  • Coherence and incoherence
  • Advanced time signal analysis for high Q resonators
  • Finding Q factors and resonant wavelengths
  • Extracting resonant mode profiles
  • Far field projections
  • Imaging and microscopy
  • Material dispersion in a time domain method

Advanced software usage

  • Advanced scripting
  • Optimization
    • Advanced design parameterization
    • Integrating your own optimization algorithms
  • Example of interfacing with INTERCONNECT and DEVICE
  • Using differential analysis methods
  • Methods to most accurately calculate reflections

Advanced application examples

  • OLEDS and LEDs
  • Solar cells
  • Surface plasmon waveguides
  • Metal nanohole arrays
  • Surface plasmon resonances and scattering in nanoparticles
  • Photonic crystal cavities
  • CMOS image sensors
  • Electron beam spectroscopy
  • Fluorescence enhancement
  • Integrated optics
  • Defect detection
  • Liquid crystal structures
  • Others as requested by attendees

FDTD Solutions 8.0 preview

  • See the upcoming features of FDTD 8 and have a chance to provide feedback prior to release