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FullWAVE™ Product Overview
FullWAVE is a highly sophisticated simulation tool for studying the propagation of light in a wide variety of photonic structures including integrated and fiber-optic waveguide devices as well as circuits and nanophotonic devices such as photonic crystals. The software employs the Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) method for the full-vector simulation of photonic structures. FullWAVE's award winning innovative design and feature set has made it the market leader among optical device simulation tools.
FullWAVE CW simulation of photonic bandgap y-branch structure.
- Cutting edge implementation of mature FDTD algorithm allows for a wide range of simulation and analysis capabilities.
- Advanced capabilities allow for clustered simulation environment for massive computational increases in speed and efficiency.
- Fully integrated into the RSoft CAD Environment. (View RSoft CAD Environment link for more information).
ApplicationsFullWAVE has applications in wide range of integrated and nano-optic devices including, but not limited to:
- WDM devices such as ring resonators
- Photonic bandgap circuits " applications
- Grating structures, surface normal gratings, and other diffractive structures
- Cavity computations and extractions
- Nano- and micro-lithography
- Light scattering
- LED extraction analysis
- Sensor and bio-sensor designs
- Plasmon propagation effects
- Surface plasmons
- Negative refractive index materials
- Advanced and robust FDTD implementation allowing for full-vector field solutions in arbitrary structures and materials.
- 2D, radial, and 3D simulation capabilities.
- Non-uniform mesh.
- Full control of dispersion, non-linear (chi-2 and chi-3), and anisotropic effects.
- Frequency-dependent saturable gain model.
- Includes Perfectly Matched Layer (PML), periodic, and symmetric/anti-symmetric boundary conditions.
- Advanced excitation options for multiple launch fields, each with different spatial and temporal characteristics such as position, wavelength, direction, polarization, and temporal excitation. Point sources and white light sources are also available.
- Total-field/scattered-field formulation for scattering problems.
- A wide range of analysis and monitoring features to measure common electromagnetic quantities such as power flux, energy densities, overlap integrals, far fields and the Poynting Vector. Additionally, both FFT and DFT options are included for frequency analysis.
- Includes Q-Finder, a utility that automates the search for cavity modes and Q-factors.
- Automated parametric studies and design optimization using MOST.
- Increased performance through parallel processing via multi-cpu/core machines and/or clustering across a network of computers. Contact RSoft for licensing policies regarding this feature.
CW response of ring resonator run at a wavelength resonance of 1.593μm.
Wavelength response of a pulsed simulation of the same resonator.
This plot shows speedup improvement when using FullWAVE on a cluster of computers for three cases, each using a different amount of memory per node. The cluster performance approaches the "ideal" scaling as the memory requirement per node increases. The speed per node (MNPS) has been calculated by running FullWAVE on a dual AMD OpteronTM 2.2GHz.