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Introduction to Multiscale Modeling in High-Frequency Electromagnetics

January 11, 2017

Here’s an introduction to performing multiscale analyses of antennas and communication systems. Part 1 of a series on multiscale modeling in high-frequency electromagnetics.

Understanding the Paraxial Gaussian Beam Formula

September 21, 2016

The Gaussian beam is recognized as one of the most useful light sources. To describe the Gaussian beam, there is a mathematical formula called the paraxial Gaussian beam formula. Today, we’ll learn about this formula, including its limitations, by using the Electromagnetic Waves, Frequency Domain interface in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We’ll also provide further detail into a potential cause of error when utilizing this formula. In a later blog post, we’ll provide solutions to the limitations discussed here.

Study the Design of a Polarizing Beam Splitter with an App

September 12, 2016

Polarizing beam splitters are optical devices used to split a single light beam into two beams of varying linear polarizations. These devices are useful for splitting high-intensity light beams like lasers as, unlike absorptive polarizers, they do not absorb or dissipate the energy of the rejected polarization state. See why creating a numerical modeling app offers a more efficient approach to analyzing and optimizing the design of these devices.

How to Implement the Fourier Transformation in COMSOL Multiphysics

May 30, 2016

In a previous blog post, we discussed simulating focused laser beams for holographic data storage. In a more specific example, an electromagnetic wave focused by a Fourier lens is given by Fourier transforming the electromagnetic field amplitude at the lens entrance. Let’s see how to perform this integral type of preprocessing and postprocessing in COMSOL Multiphysics with a Fraunhofer diffraction example.

Comparing Two Interfaces for High-Frequency Modeling

May 26, 2016

It is always important to choose the correct tool for the job, and choosing the correct interface for high-frequency electromagnetic simulations is no different. In this blog post, we take a simple example of a plane wave incident upon a dielectric slab in air and solve it in two different ways to highlight the practical differences and relative advantages of the Electromagnetic Waves, Frequency Domain interface and the Electromagnetic Waves, Beam Envelopes interface.

How to Simulate a Holographic Page Data Storage System

April 14, 2016

We’ve learned how to simulate a simple bit-by-bit holographic data storage model in COMSOL Multiphysics by choosing an appropriate beam size and implementing the recording and retrieval process. Today, we step forward and demonstrate how to simulate a more difficult and complex, yet more realistic and interesting model of a holographic page data storage system.

Simulation Paves the Way for More Efficient OLED Devices

April 7, 2016

When it comes to creating the next generation of flat panel displays and solid-state area lighting, organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, may be used to help. While recognized for its various advantages, this emerging technology suffers from some weaknesses that reduce its overall efficiency. One such example is light loss, which is partially caused by the plasmon coupling effect. Looking to reduce the effect’s prominence in OLED devices, researchers from Konica Minolta Laboratory turned to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

Simulating Holographic Data Storage in COMSOL Multiphysics

April 5, 2016

Physicist and electrical engineer Dennis Gabor invented holography about 70 years ago. Ever since then, the form of optical technology has developed in many different ways. In this blog post, part one in a series, we talk about a specific industrial application of holograms in consumer electronics and demonstrate how to use COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate holograms in a wide spectrum of optical and numerical techniques.

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