Ansys Lumerical FDTD — Monitors

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In this course, you will learn about the full workflow in Ansys Lumerical FDTD using a nanohole array example. By the end of this course, you should be able to set up, run and analyze a simple simulation; list some of the major application areas where FDTD simulations are useful; and know where to find more examples and information online.

In this course, you will learn about the underlying solver physics and numerics of Ansys Lumerical FDTD, the types of problems it can solve, and how it can best be used for parallel computation. By the end of this section, you will be able to:
1. Briefly explain what FDTD is and when it should be used
2. Identify some applications where FDTD can be used
3. Understand the consequences of using a finite-sized mesh
4. Know when to use 2D vs 3D simulations
5. Understand how frequency domain results are obtained from time-domain simulations

In this course, you will learn how to view simulation results, plot, and export data, how to perform additional post-processing of monitor results using analysis groups, and how to verify the accuracy of simulation results in Ansys Lumerical FDTD.
By the end of this section, you will be able to:
1. Know the difference between Layout mode and Analysis mode
2. Explain what a dataset is
3. Know how to tell which simulation objects contain results, and find out what results are available from those objects
4. Explain the difference between "Results" and "Raw data" returned by monitors
5. Know how to use analysis groups to obtain results from additional post-processing of monitor data
6. Find more details online about the definition of specific monitor results and analysis groups from the object library
7. Use the visualizer to plot desired monitor results
8. Know how to export figures, and export data to a text file, Lumerical data file, or MATLAB
9. Understand the basic design workflow and concept of convergence testing to verify the accuracy of simulation results