Photonics Capabilities

Circuit-Level Simulation

Our solutions work together seamlessly so you can model the most challenging problems in photonics. Flexible interoperability between tools enables a variety of workflows that combine device multiphysics and system-level photonic circuit simulation with third-party design automation and productivity tools.

Circuit-Level Simulation

Nanophotonic Component-Level Simulation

A finely tuned implementation of the FDTD method delivers reliable, powerful and scalable solver performance over a broad spectrum of applications. The integrated design environment provides scripting capability, advanced post-processing and optimization routines, all allowing you to focus on your design.

Nanophotonic Component-Level Simulation

3D CAD Environment with Powerful Post-Processing Capabilities

3D CAD environments with parameterizable simulation objects allow for rapid model iterations. Build 2D and 3D models, define custom surfaces and volumes and import geometry from standard CAD and IC layout formats.

3D CAD Environment with Powerful Post-Processing Capabilities

EPDA Workflows

Ansys’ photonic integrated circuit (PIC) simulation tools work in conjunction with industry-leading electronic design automation (EDA) simulators to facilitate the design and implementation of electronic–photonic integrated systems. Electronic–photonic design automation (EPDA) workflows are available with Virtuoso® and Siemens EDA.

EPDA Workflows

Automation and Scripting Support

Build, run, and control simulations across multiple Lumerical tools, or interface with third-party applications. Leverage Lumerical scripting language, Matlab, or Python to make use of numerical analysis, visualization, optimization, and more.

Automation and Scripting Support

Comprehensive Laser Workflows

Lumerical offers an integrated set of tools to model many common edge-emitting laser topologies. The hybrid modeling approach combines the accuracy of physical simulation with the performance and scale of photonic integrated circuit simulation. Design and model everything from SOAs and standalone FP and DFB lasers to complex external cavity DBR and ring or sampled grating Vernier lasers.

Comprehensive Laser Workflows

Photonic Inverse Design to Optimize Designs and Improve Manufacturability

Automatically discover optimal geometries for a desired target performance and discover non-intuitive geometries to optimize performance, minimize area and improve manufacturability. Use shape-based or topology optimization and simulate performance to find the best solution.

Photonic Inverse Design to Optimize Designs and Improve Manufacturability

Automated, Cross-simulator, Compact Model Generation

Proven, automated, cross-simulator photonic compact model library (CML) generation. CML Compiler automates the creation, maintenance and QA testing of INTERCONNECT and Verilog-A photonic compact model libraries (CMLs) from a single data source of characterization measurements and 3D simulation results.

Automated, Cross-simulator, Compact Model Generation

Process-Enabled Component Design

Process-enabled custom design flows that empower designers to quickly augment existing PDKs with custom passive and active components that adhere to foundry specifications.

Process-Enabled Component Design

Ansys Speos Integration

Integration with Ansys Speos bridges the disconnect between nanophotonic simulation and macroscale simulation of the environment allowing designers to consider the effects of illumination, viewing angle, and human perception.

Demonstration workflows are available for display and image-sensor applications.

Ansys Speos Integration

Ansys optiSLang Integration

OptiSLang can drive Lumerical products in complex workflows, allowing designers to benefit from its design optimization and sensitivity analysis capabilities.

Demonstration workflows are available for display and modulator applications.

Ansys optiSLang Integration

Ansys Cloud HPC Services Integration

Submit large simulations and parameter sweeps to Ansys Cloud directly from Lumerical tools. Access to high-performance computing (HPC) cloud hardware, on-demand pricing, and completely secure workflows.

Ansys Cloud HPC Services Integration

CML Development

Efficiently create photonic compact model libraries (CMLs) for use in photonic process design kits (PDKs). Use CML Compiler for the creation, maintenance, and quality assurance (QA) testing of INTERCONNECT and Verilog-A photonic CMLs.

CML Development

Photonics Products

Lumerical FDTD

FDTD is the gold-standard for modeling nanophotonic devices, processes, and materials.

  • Multi-coefficient models create accurate material modeling
  • Simulate nonlinear and spatially varying anisotropic materials
  • Utilize scripting, advanced pos-processing and optimization routines
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Lumerical MODE

MODE has everything you need to get the most out of your waveguide and coupler designs.

  • Advanced conformal mesh for high simulation accuracy
  • Variational FDTD propagation for large planar waveguides (varFDTD solver)
  • Eigenmode analysis for large propagation lengths (EME solver)
  • Finite Difference Eigenmode analysis (FDE solver)
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Lumerical CHARGE

CHARGE provides designers with the correct tools for comprehensive charge transport simulation in semiconductor devices.

  • Finite element Poisson/drift-diffusion solver
  • Steady-state, small signal AC and transient simulation
  • Isothermal, non-isothermal and electro-thermal simulation
  • Comprehensive semiconductor material models
  • Automated finite element mesh generation
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Lumerical HEAT

Built on the finite element method, HEAT provides designers with comprehensive thermal modeling capabilities.

  • Steady-state and transient simulation
  • Comprehensive thermal material models
  • Study conductive, convective and radiative effects
  • Joule heating from electrical conduction
  • Automatic mesh refinement based on import heat profiles
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Lumerical DGTD

DGTD tackles the most challenging classes of nanophotonic simulations with a finite element Maxwell’s solver.

  • Object-conformal finite element mesh, free of staircasing
  • Accurate control with higher order mesh polynomials
  • Far-field and grating projections
  • Gaussian vector beams
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Lumerical FEEM

FEEM provides superior accuracy and performance scaling with a finite element Maxwell’s solver.

  • Accurate results for curved waveguide geometries
  • Superior performance scaling with high order mesh polynomials
  • Spatially varying index perturbations for modeling active devices
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Lumerical MQW

MQW simulates quantum mechanical behavior in atomically thin semiconductor layers.

  • Fully coupled quantum mechanical structure calculation
  • Wavefunction and band diagram calculation
  • Gain and spontaneous emission
  • Incorporates temperature, field and strain effects
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Lumerical STACK

STACK is an ideal solution for the rapid analysis of thin film multilayer stacks.

  • Ideal for prototyping thin film applications
  • Plane-wave and dipole illumination functions
  • Captures interference and microcavity effects 
  • Export surface models, including bidirectional scattering distribution function (BSDF) and diffraction gratings, to Ansys Speos for human perception analysis
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Ansys Lumerical’s photonic integrated circuit simulator verifies multimode, bidirectional and multi-channel PICs.

  • Hierarchical schematic editor
  • Frequency domain analysis in circuit solver
  • Transient sample and block mode simulators
  • Multi-mode and multi-channel support
  • PIC element libraries for laser and system modeling
  • Simulate effects of self-heating on semiconductor laser performance
  • Integrations with Virtuoso, Siemens EDA, and KLayout
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Lumerical CML Compiler

Enables proven, automated, cross-simulator photonic compact model library (CML) generation.

  • CMLs support multiple EDPA workflows
  • IP protected INTERCONNECT and Verilog-A models from a single data source
  • High-quality compact models for frequency and time domain simulations
  • Generate statistically enabled libraries
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Lumerical Photonic Verilog-A Platform

Enables multi-mode, multi-channel and bidirectional photonic circuit modelling when used in conjunction with industry’s leading EDA simulators.

  • Facilitates design and implementation of electronic-photonic integrated systems
  • Bidirectional optical port
  • Scalable optical channels and modes through CML Compiler model generation
  • Supports schematic driven layout
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