Ansys Lumerical FDTD — My First Simulation

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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.

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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 about the default materials and material models, as well as how to add additional materials to the material database. You will also learn about the capabilities for advanced material modeling including anisotropic materials and custom material models.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
1. Know how to open the material database and add new materials
2. List some default material models
3. Check material fits for broadband simulations
4. Find information on the Knowledge Base about default material models

In this course, you will learn about the Ansys Lumerical FDTD solver region object which is used to specify the simulation time, the simulation region, mesh and boundary conditions.
At the end of the course, you should be able to:
1. Describe the main simulation settings that are defined by the FDTD solver region
2. Add and set up the basic settings of the FDTD solver region
3. Add mesh override regions and check the generated simulation mesh
4. Choose appropriate solver region boundary conditions