227-0085-03L  Projects & Seminars: COMSOL Design Tool – Design of Optical Components

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersJ. Leuthold
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BSc.

The course unit can only be taken once. Repeated enrollment in a later semester is not creditable.

AbstractThe category of "Laboratory Courses, Projects, Seminars" includes courses and laboratories in various formats designed to impart practical knowledge and skills. Moreover, these classes encourage independent experimentation and design, allow for explorative learning and teach the methodology of project work.
ObjectiveSimulation tools are becoming an essential accessory for scientists and engineers for the development of new devices and study of physical phenomena. More and more disciplines rely on accurate simulation tools to get insight and also to accurately design novel devices.

COMSOL is a powerful multiphysics simulation tool. It is used for a wide range of fields, including electromagnetics, semiconductors, thermodynamics and mechanics. In this P&S we will focus on the rapidly growing field of integrated photonics.

During hands-on exercises, you will learn how to accurately model and simulate various optical devices, which enables high-speed optical communication. At the end of the course, students will gain practical experience in simulating photonic components by picking a small project in which certain photonic devices will be optimized to achieve required specifications. These simulated devices find applications in Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) on chip-scale.

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Prerequisites / NoticeNo previous knowledge of simulation tools is required. A basic understanding of electromagnetics is helpful but not mandatory.
The course will be taught in English.