Finite Element Method for Photonics

  • Course Program

One of the most powerful numerical approaches available to engineers developing photonic components and devices is the finite element method (FEM), which can be used to model and simulate such components/devices and analyze how they will behave in response to various outside influences.

This course program provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of FEM in photonics devices. With an emphasis on practical, problem-solving applications and real-world examples, engineers will understand how mathematical concepts translate to computer code finite-element-based methods. 

What you will learn:

  • Various classes of numerical methods that are used in photonics
  • Fundamental principles of finite element method
  • How to model optical waveguides starting with planar/slab waveguides, and including simple step index fibers and obtain their modal properties (e.g. effective indices) in commercial FE software
  • How to model optical fibers and obtain their modal properties in commercial FE software with variation in wavelength/frequency of operation
  • Use of S parameters for calculating Reflection/Transmission at interfaces and ports

Courses included in this program:

Course Program Length: 5 hours

Program Level: Intermediate

Who Should Attend: Electrical engineer, Systems engineer, Hardware engineer, Design engineer, Product engineer,  Communication engineer, Lead engineer, Project engineer


Arti Agrawal, Associate professor, School of Data and Electrical Engineering, University of Technology Sydney

Publication Year: 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5386-8586-0

Finite Element Method for Photonics
  • Course Provider: Educational Activities
  • Course Number: EDP566CP
  • Credits: 0.5 CEU/ 5 PDH