Ansys Lumerical FEEM — My First Simulation

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This course demonstrates how to use the FEEM solver in the finite-element IDE to find the optical modes of a silicon waveguide and calculate the effective index and group index of a waveguide. You will learn about the workflow of the simulation including how to set up, run and analyze the results of the simulation. You will also get familiar with the main parts of the finite-element user interface.

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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, we will discuss the algorithm used in the Ansys Lumerical FEEM (Finite Element Eigen-Mode) solver to find the eigenmodes of a given structure and the properties of those modes. We will also explain the overlap and power coupling calculations, the feature to track modes as a function of frequency and how properties such as dispersion and group velocity are calculated. By the end of this section, you will be able to describe the algorithm used by the FEEM solver, know when the FEEM solver can be used, and understand the differences between the FEEM and the FDE (finite-difference eigenmode) solvers.

In this course, you will learn about various simulation objects used in Ansys Lumerical FEEM. By the end of this course, you will be able to understand common settings in the Mesh and Modal Analysis tabs and set up the (n,k) Material Attribute object. Other simulation objects such as boundary conditions are similar to other solvers in the finite-element IDE.