The beam propagation method is ideally suited for long slowly varying photonic devices such as this Y-splitter. With VPIdeviceDesigner, you can calculate the fields, optimize the transmission, and export the device S-matrix to integrate the optimized design into a photonic circuit simulation.
The shown indium phosphite-based waveguide utilizes its asymmetry to rotate an incident x-polarized mode field into a y-polarized field. In VPIdeviceDesigner, this device can be analyzed and optimized by combining mode solver results with either BPM or EME.
With VPIdeviceDesigner you can perform arbitrarily complex analysis of the properties of designed waveguides and fibers. Built-in utilities allow for easily calculating effective mode area, mode confinement factor, effective and group mode indices, attenuation, and other characteristics.
When different semiconductor technologies are combined, light needs to be coupled from one chip to another. In this example, a quantum-cascade laser and a germanium-based waveguide are coupled, followed by a taper to ensure single-mode operation. With VPIdeviceDesigner, you can optimize the input waveguide cross-section and investigate the influence of the air gap between the chips on the transmission.
Multi-mode interference (MMI) devices can be efficiently optimized for the required S-matrix properties by using the EME solver. This example shows a 2x4 MMI optimized to work as an optical 90° hybrid coupler.
VPIdeviceDesigner%apos;s full-vectorial mode solvers accurately calculate not only modes in dielectric waveguides but also plasmonic modes with strong field confinement. The example shows a plasmonic mode's field distribution for an Au nanowire on an ITO substrate and the field enhancement for different metal oxide substrates.
VPIdeviceDesigner allows for simulation of wide applications via calculation of propagation, diffraction, and interferences between light beams. This enables modelling of free space transmission, optical lenses, diffraction gratings, and birefringent prisms.