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Optical Enhancements

Earlier this year we looked at Synopsys’s optical modeling tools, including their CODE V toolset.  They recently announced an update with a number of enhancements for a variety of scenarios. It’s illustrative of the range of applications that such a tool finds itself addressing.

  • First, they’ve enabled complex fields to be input to the tool. This means that light sources such as photonic elements and multi-mode lasers can be analyzed using the output of waveguide modeling tools.
  • While their “beam synthesis propagation” (BSP) tool (an element within CODE V) has been able to handle polarization before, it couldn’t deal with so-called “birefringent uniaxial crystals,” which have different indices of refraction for different polarizations, and therefore split a beam into two, depending on the angle of incidence. Of familiar materials, apparently SiC is highly birefringent.
  • They’ve also released pre-analysis improvements to allow the BSP tool to work with a broader range of scenarios, including free-space telecommunications devices with input from optical fiber.
  • Like so many other EDA tools, they’ve joined the multicore world to cut down analysis time.
  • And they have a Glass Expert tool that recommends glass for lenses based on the goals of the system; it’s now been integrated into CODE V.

More info is available in their release

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