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Simulation of complex photonic materials and devices
Author(s): Ortwin Hess
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Paper Abstract

Today's progress in the materials sciences and nano-structure technologies open up a conception of novel photonic materials and devices with designed characteristics and functionalities: Photonic crystals and synthetic opals guide and control light, semiconductor quantum dots become customized coherent photon sources and base material for new lasers. The paper gives an overview of the (super-) computer simulation of these novel complex photonic materials and devices. It reports on advances in three-dimensional Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) simulations of the materials properties and the design the functionality of complex layered planar photonic crystals and inverse opals. Multi-scale non-linear partial differential Maxwell-Bloch equations form a basis for the simulation of three-dimensional inhomogeneous quantum dot ensembles that give an insight into the complex dynamics of quantum dot lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5508, Complex Mediums V: Light and Complexity, (2 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560479
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Ortwin Hess, Univ. of Surrey (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5508:
Complex Mediums V: Light and Complexity
Martin W. McCall; Graeme Dewar, Editor(s)

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