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MODE Solutions

Comprehensive waveguide design environment for the analysis and optimization of planar integrated optical waveguides, components and fibers

Product Overview

MODE Solutions is a comprehensive waveguide design environment for designing, analyzing and optimizing components made from waveguide structures, including planar integrated optical waveguides and optical fibers.  MODE Solutions includes both an eigenmode solver for waveguide and fiber modal analysis, as well as a 2.5D FDTD propagation method for analyzing how optical fields propagate within waveguiding structures. While typical applications include the design of planar waveguide layer structures, passive waveguide components, and microstructured optical fibers, MODE Solutions can also address nonlinear effects and waveguide-based amplification.

The eigenmode solver accurately calculates the physical properties of guided modes in both conventional and non-conventional waveguide geometries, allowing product engineers and research scientists to focus on innovating new waveguide design concepts while being confident in the accuracy of the simulation results. The eigenmode solver technology of MODE Solutions allows it to detail truly arbitrary waveguide geometries, from traditional fiber and rib waveguides to more complex devices including surface plasmon waveguides, photonic crystal fibers, sloping-wall ridge waveguides, and spatially-varying refractive index distributions.

The 2.5D FDTD propagation method accurately describes the propagation of light in planar integrated optical systems, from ridge waveguide-based systems to more complex geometries such as photonic crystals. The propagator allows for planar propagation without any assumptions about an optical axis, which allows for structures like ring resonators and photonic crystal cavities to be efficiently modeled – devices that have been traditionally treated with 3D FDTD. The propagator can model devices on the scale of hundreds of microns quickly, and more accurately than traditional propagation methods like the Beam Propagation Method (BPM) and the Eigenmode Expansion Method (EME).

Product Benefits

  • Reduced development costs and speed time-to-market with highly-accurate, virtual prototyping
  • Deliver robust designs by quantifying the effect of manufacturing tolerances on design performance
  • Innovate new design concepts with flexible, easy-to-use design software

Featured Applications

Surface Plasmon Waveguides

Gap Surface Plasmon Waveguide In the search for an ultra-compact waveguiding technology that is compatible with existing manufacturing techniques, researchers are increasingly focusing on surface plasmon waveguides. Learn more ⇒

Photonic Crystal Fibers

MODE Photonic Crystal Learn how MODE Solutions assists optical designers in quantifying the effects of bending loss, far field performance and coupling efficiency when designing photonic crystal fiber. Learn more ⇒

Ring Resonator Filters

Ring Resonator Filters Ring resonator filters can modulate or re-direct optical signals at specified frequencies.  Explore the tradeoffs in designing ring resonator devices in FDTD Solutions and MODE Solutions. Learn more ⇒

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Publications Featuring MODE Solutions

Cited in more than 200 publications R. Gordon and A. Brolo, "Increased cut-off wavelength for a subwavelength hole in a real metal," Opt. Express 13, 1933-1938 (2005).
Cited in more than 50 publications Z Yang, P Chak, AD Bristow, HM van Driel, "Enhanced second-harmonic generation in AlGaAs microring resonators", Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 7, pp. 826-828(2007).
Cited in more than 50 publications M Schnell, P Alonso-Gonzalez, L Arzubiaga, "Nanofocusing of mid-infrared energy with tapered transmission lines", Nature Photonics,Vol 5,283–287(2011).
Cited in more than 40 publications JH Lin, KH Lin, CC Hsu, WH Yang, "Supercontinuum generation in a microstructured optical fiber by picosecond self Q‐switched mode‐locked Nd: GdVO4 laser", Laser Physics Letters, Volume 4, Issue 6, pages 413–417, June 2007.
Cited in more than 20 publications SM Eaton, W Chen, L Zhang, H Zhang, "Telecom-band directional coupler written with femtosecond fiber laser", Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE, Vol 18,Issue 20, pages 2174 - 2176, October 2006.
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