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  • Waveguide Design Software
Aug 2011
Lumerical Solutions Inc.Request Info
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, Aug. 1, 2011 — Lumerical Solutions Inc. has released MODE Solutions 5.0, the latest upgrade to its fast broadband omnidirectional waveguide design software.

MODE Solutions 5.0 includes both an eigensolver and an electromagnetic propagator to address optical components measuring up to hundreds of microns, including silicon photonic components, optical interconnects, photonic crystal devices and resonators. It incorporates advances in distributed and concurrent computing and optimization to provide job distribution capabilities that streamline the design of complex integrated optical devices for next-generation instruments, components and subsystems.

The propagator feature is based on a fully vectorial approach that provides 2.5-D accuracy, with only the computational expense of a 2-D algorithm, and it accurately simulates silicon photonic integrated circuits. With the ability to model dispersive materials over wide bandwidths in a single calculation, and without the limitation of many propagation methods that work only along a single optical axis, MODE Solutions addresses a broad set of guided-wave applications.

The optimization and job distribution capabilities allow designers to launch multiple parallel jobs on a number of independent computers without having to leave their workstations.

The waveguide mode solver provides fast and precise optical mode calculation of large-mode-area fibers for high-power, high-pulse-energy fiber amplifiers. The software can analyze the impact of bend radius on effective mode area and the onset of self-phase modulation in fiber amplifiers and lasers. It optimizes fiber tapers for application to fiber mode field adapters.

The software’s omnidirectional approach accommodates large, high-index contrast components such as multiring cascaded resonator filters, Bragg waveguide gratings, polarization diversity receiver optical circuits, contradirectional waveguide couplers, embedded ring resonators and photonic crystals.

Researchers and designers can access the concurrent computing capabilities available in MODE Solutions 5.0 by obtaining Extra Engine licenses. Each additional Extra Engine license enables another computer to process an independent job as part of a larger parameter sweep or optimization task. Users can make maximum use of their available computing resources to rapidly explore parameters to identify the best design.

A free 30-day trial can be downloaded from the company’s website.


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