Diffractive optical propagation techniques for mixed-signal CAD tools

Timothy P. Kurzweg, Steven P. Levitan, Jose A. Martinez, Philippe J. Marchand, Donald M. Chiarulli

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools for modeling optical computing systems use a variety of different optical propagation techniques. However, for modeling micro-systems, common optical modeling techniques are not always valid. This paper discusses various optical propagation models for optical micro-systems by examining the requirements imposed by the physical size of the microsystems and the goal of achieving an interactive CAD framework. Based on these constraints, an appropriate optical model is chosen and used in our opto-electro-mechanical CAD tool, Chatoyant, to perform simulations of 2×2 micro-optical switch systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-618
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
EventOptics in Computing 2000 - Quebec City, Can
Duration: Jun 18 2000Jun 23 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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