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Mixed-level optical-system simulation incorporating component-level modeling of interface elements
Author(s): Pablo V. Mena; Bryan Stone; Evan Heller; Dan Herrmann; Enrico Ghillino; Rob Scarmozzino
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Paper Abstract

While system-level simulation can allow designers to assess optical system performance via measures such as signal waveforms, spectra, eye diagrams, and BER calculations, component-level modeling can provide a more accurate description of coupling into and out of individual devices, as well as their detailed signal propagation characteristics. In particular, the system-level simulation of interface components used in optical systems, including splitters, combiners, grating couplers, waveguides, spot-size converters, and lens assemblies, can benefit from more detailed component-level modeling. Depending upon the nature of the device and the scale of the problem, simulation of optical transmission through these components can be carried out using either electromagnetic device-level simulation, such as the beampropagation method, or ray-based approaches. In either case, system-level simulation can interface to such componentlevel modeling via a suitable exchange of optical signal data. This paper presents the use of a mixed-level simulation flow in which both electromagnetic device-level and ray-based tools are integrated with a system-level simulation environment in order to model the use of various interface components in optical systems for a range of purposes, including, for example, coupling to and from optical transmission media such as single- and multimode optical fiber. This approach enables case studies on the impact of physical and geometric component variations on system performance, and the sensitivity of system behavior to misalignment between components.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8991, Optical Interconnects XIV, 899111 (8 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040329
Show Author Affiliations
Pablo V. Mena, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Bryan Stone, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Evan Heller, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Dan Herrmann, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Enrico Ghillino, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)
Rob Scarmozzino, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8991:
Optical Interconnects XIV
Henning Schröder; Ray T. Chen; Alexei L. Glebov, Editor(s)

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