Lumerical 2017b Release Enables Simulation Of Nano-to Macro-scale Optical Effects


Lumerical 2017b release introduces interoperability functions between Lumerical's photonic simulation tools and Zemax Optic Studio

Lumerical has announced the availability of the 2017b release for its photonic simulation tools FDTD Solutions, MODE Solutions, and INTERCONNECT. Features of Lumerical’s 2017b release include: a new Stack Optical Solver available in FDTD Solutions and MODE Solutions; advanced models for INTERCONNECT; and interoperability with Zemax’s OpticStudio.

The 2017b release introduces interoperability functions, which is designed to automate sharing of optical simulation data between Lumerical and Zemax simulators, eliminate manual file conversions and accelerate simulation time and accuracy for applications requiring both nano- and macro-scale optics.

“We are excited to be working with Lumerical on the integration of Zemax’s OpticStudio and Lumerical’s photonic solvers. Emerging applications in wearable optics, display, metamaterials, and integrated optics are combining nano-scale and visible-scale optical effects to deliver amazing visual experiences," stated Dr. Mark Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer at Zemax. “The combination of tools provides an ideal solution for designers to quickly and efficiently model the optical effects of these innovative new technologies. The result is first to market advantage for our customers. "

Lumerical and Zemax jointly present a webinar series focusing on the new Zemax-Lumerical interoperability through lens-to-fibre coupling, OLEDs, and diffractive/metalenses. Part I of “From Nano-scale to Macro-scale Optics and Back" takes place on June 21, 2017. Their presenters will be joined by Harvard University planar metalens researcher Dr. Reza Khorasaninejad for Part II, later this month.

The new Stack Optical Solver is targeted for use in devices based on multilayer thin-film stacks such as LEDs/OLEDs, VCSELs, and optical coatings. The Stack Optical Solver can be used to calculate the optical transmission/reflection and field information for any given material stack, accounting for multilayer interference and dispersive or birefringent materials. The solver can also calculate the radiance, Purcell factor, and extraction efficiency for any multilayer OLED/LED design.

“Research and development in display technology, particularly with OLEDs, is an exciting, growth application in photonics. The new Stack Optical Solver enables Lumerical’s users to quickly evaluate and optimize the performance of various OLED designs," said Dr. James Pond, CTO at Lumerical. “Combining the stack solver capabilities with other optical solvers available in FDTD Solutions and MODE Solutions provides our users with a very powerful toolkit to understand and engineer leading edge display and illumination technologies."

The 2017b release for INTERCONNECT, Lumerical’s photonic integrated design and analysis environment, is set to improve the efficiency and setup of time domain simulations with automatic filter coefficient fitting. INTERCONNECT’s laser gain model now supports automated fitting of user-defined gain curves, in order to simplify the generation of laser compact models which can be used to model various hybrid and integrated laser designs in integrated photonics applications. New advanced simulation models such as nonlinear fibre models, equalisers, and amplifiers have also been added to INTERCONNECT, supporting high-speed optical transceiver design, system simulation and analysis.


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