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What Method Should Photonics Engineers Use for Optical Simulations? 

Photonics engineers rely on optical simulations for their designs. Depending on the optical size of their model geometry, they need to choose the best method for performing these simulations, according to Christopher Boucher, a lead developer at COMSOL, a simulation software.  “The concept of optical size is essential to choosing a formulation for numerical simulation […]

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Finite Element Method Used to Create Light-Weight Reinforced Plastic for Cleaner Transportation

Researchers from Tokyo University of Science have developed a new design method that could lead to lighter, faster, and cleaner vehicles and airplanes. Their technique, published in Composite Structures, simultaneously optimizes fiber thickness and orientation. As a result, it reduces the weight of reinforced plastic parts commonly used in aerospace, civil engineering, and sports equipment.  […]

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A Breakdown of the Finite Element Analysis 

Engineers are increasingly embracing computer simulations to test the structural integrity of their prototypes. These computer simulations are based on the finite element method (FEM) and finite element analysis (FEA), which work in unison to give engineers insight into the structural behavior of particular designs, so they can locate weak points and improve them. While […]

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Tunable “Metalens” is a Breakthrough in Photonics

MIT engineers recently designed a tunable “metalens” that can zero in on objects at multiple depths. The lens, constructed from a transparent “phase-changing” material capable of rearranging its atomic structure after heating, is capable of transforming how its material interacts with light. The invention is a breakthrough in the field of photonics. Traditionally, changing the […]

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Finite Element Method Helps Photonics Researchers Make Breakthrough

Exciting developments are happening in the fields optics and photonics. Some of these innovations are being made with the help of the finite element method (FEM). As discussed in a previous post, FEM is a numerical solution for a complex problem, which is used to create simulations. These simulations help researchers understand how all the […]

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The Finite Element Method Continues to Drive Innovation in Photonics

The optics and photonics fields are creating groundbreaking applications for astronomy, telecommunications, sensing, chemistry, biomedical research & development. Recently, researchers from Pennsylvania State University demonstrated how metasurfaces with unparalleled controllability of light may be able to transform traditional optics. To do so, they used a simulation that applied the finite element method (FEM). As discussed […]

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The Finite Element Method is Fueling Breakthroughs in Photonics

Photonics is the science of producing, manipulating, and discovering light waves and photons (light particles). The field covers a number of technologies like lasers and fiber-optics. The finite element method (FEM) can be used to create a range of photonics applications that can be used in astronomy, telecommunications, sensing, chemistry, biomedical R&D, and more. How […]

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