A fast optical propagation technique for modeling micro-optical systems

Timothy P. Kurzweg, Steven P. Levitan, Jose A. Martinez, Mark Kahrs, Donald M. Chiarulli

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As designers become more aggressive in introducing optical components to micro-systems, rigorous optical models are required for system-level simulation tools. Common optical modeling techniques and approximations are not valid for most optical micro-systems, and those techniques that provide accurate simulation are computationally slow. In this paper, we introduce an angular frequency optical propagation technique that greatly reduces computation time while achieving the accuracy of a full scalar formulation. We present simulations of a diffractive optical MEM Grating Light Valve to show the advantages of this optical propagation method and the integration of the technique into a system-level multi-domain CAD tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC'02
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1581134614
StatePublished - 2002
Event39th Design Automation Conference - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2002Jun 14 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


Conference39th Design Automation Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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