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MIT Photonic Bands

By Carlos Montalvo1, Minghao Qi2, Jing Ouyang2

1. University of Texas at El Paso 2. Purdue University

Sompute the band structures and electromagnetic modes of periodic dielectric structures.

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Version 1.0 - published on 24 Jul 2008

doi:10.4231/D31C1TF49 cite this

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    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for me!

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    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nanohub is amazing, I was very impressed by so many free simulation tools and so compressive resources. I especially interested in the “MIT Photonic Bands” software, which is very convenient in computing definite-frequency eigenstates of Maxwell’s equations in periodic dielectric structures. This software greatly reduces the difficulty in photonic crystal design or study of periodic dielectric structures exhibiting a band gap in their optical modes. Also, after play with the software for 2 days, it seems that the software could also be easily applied to compute other optical dispersion relations and eigenstates (e.g. for conventional waveguides such as fiber-optic cables).

    However, since this “MIT Photonic Bands” software use the libctl/Scheme scripting interface for input, the first-time user need to go through the libctl library. However, if the interface is in GUI/Drawing input form, or, in another word, the user just need to draw one cell of the periodic structure, it would be much more convenient especially for those who have no programming experience.

    Overall, this “MIT Photonic Bands” software is an excellent simulation tool in photonic bandgap calculation, I would give 4.5/5 ranking for it.

    Jie Zheng (UIUC)

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