Optical Device Simulation, Plasmonics and Nanophotonics


Photonic and plasmonic devices open up new possibilities in many technology sectors, such as high-speed communications or medical sensors. Photonic Integrated Circuits allow signals to be transmitted and processed at incredible data rates in nanoscale devices and novel materials such as graphene and metamaterials unlock new possibilities for previously unsolved problems.

Simulation of such devices accelerates design, reduces the risk and unlocks the full potential of this technology. Users can easily visualize the behavior of components and optimize their performance without the cost of experiments with prototypes.

CST Studio Suite, the industry-leading high frequency electromagnetic simulation tool from SIMULIA, accurately and efficiently models the behavior of waves at optical frequencies. Import links to photonic device layout tools automatically create 3D simulation models, while the materials library includes optical frequency material models. Post-processing templates can calculate industry standard measures. High-performance computing options allow the rapid simulation of complex detailed components many hundreds of wavelengths across.

Multiphysics simulation, linking photonic simulation to thermal, drift-diffusion, structural and fluid solvers, can calculate how devices will heat up when in use and figure the risk of detuning from thermal expansion.

Example Applications

CST Studio Suite simulation technology enables engineers to design photonic components such as:

  • Devices for photonic integrated circuits (PICs)
    • Waveguides
    • Grating couplers
    • Ring resonators
    • Splitters
    • Tapers
    • Modulators
  • Metamaterials, filters and gratings
  • Graphene devices
  • Photonic crystals
  • Nano-antennas
  • Solar cells
  • Lenses
  • Photodiodes

Optical Device Materials

SIMULIA Electromagnetics Technology for Optical Device Simulation

SIMULIA develops simulation technology that can be used to calculate electromagnetic fields in a wide range of application areas. We have developed dedicated technologies that can be used to design microwave/RF filters and components efficiently. Depending on your working environment these technologies are available to you in various ways:

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3DEXPERIENCE Works Electromagnetics

Electromagnetics Engineer is a high-performance 3D electromagnetic simulation solution. Powered by the industry proven CST Studio Suite, this cloud-enabled role delivers fast, effective simulation and design guidance of electro-mechanical devices, PCB’s, antennas in a truly multi-physics environment.

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CST Studio Suite is a high-performance 3D EM analysis software package for designing, analyzing and optimizing EM components and systems.

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