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A hardware-independent solution for high-performance simulations of the Maxwell-Bloch system
Author(s): Nuno A. Silva; T. D. Ferreira; A. Guerreiro
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Paper Abstract

The interaction of light with matter in near-to-resonant conditions opens a path for the exploration of nontrivial optical response that can play an important role in future photonics-driven technology. But as the attention shifts towards many-level atomic systems and involving multi-dimensional experimental scenarios, the complexity of the physical systems makes the analytical approach to the semiclassical model of the Maxwell- Bloch equations impossible without any strongly-limiting approximations. In this context, robust and high-performance computational tools are mandatory. In this work, we describe the development and implementation of a cross-platform Maxwell-Bloch numerical solver that is capable to exploit the different hardware available to tackle efficiently the problems under consideration. Moreover, it is demonstrated that this simulation tool can address a vast class of problems with considerable reduction of simulation time, featuring speedups up to 30 when running in massive parallel GPUs compared with the same codes running on a CPU, showing its potential towards addressing a large class of modern problems in photonics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11207, Fourth International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 1120718 (3 October 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2527336
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Nuno A. Silva, INESC-TEC (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
T. D. Ferreira, INESC-TEC (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
A. Guerreiro, INESC-TEC (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
The Univ. of Texas at Austin (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11207:
Fourth International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Martins Costa, Editor(s)

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