An Arrayed Waveguide Grating. Used for filtering light (mux/demux). This device is used a lot in telecommunication and biosensing. Luceda has a separate product ‘Filter Toolbox’, which allows a user to create AWGs based on high-level specifications and generate both the physical layout and simulation models.
Eigen Mode Expansion (and propagation). A physical simulation methodology to solve Maxwell’s equations. Typically limited to structures in which light propagates mainly in one direction but can be fast while sufficiently accurate.
Finite Difference Time Domain. A physical simulation methodology to solve Maxwell’s equations. Accurate (limited by grid size and material models) and generic (e.g. all-angle) but memory and time consuming.
Material Stack
A stack of layers of different materials and heights, representing one possible cross-section resulting from a planar IC fabrication process.
Mach-Zehnder Interferometer. A photonic circuit used to filter light. See also Mach-Zehnder Interferometers.
Scatter Matrix
The behavior of a passive optical device can be described by its scatter matrix (S-matrix, S-parameters). Please check scatter matrix for more information.