Thursday, April 19, 2018

Featured whitepaper: Optical Materials in CST STUDIO SUITE


CST recently published a new whitepaper about simulating special optical materials in integrated components with CST STUDIO SUITE®. 

For many optical applications, materials are needed with anisotropic or nonlinear
properties. Two important examples of such properties are birefringence and dichroism.
Such materials exhibit different refractive indices and attenuation for orthogonal optical
polarization states. They are used to alter the polarization state of the light for example in
polarizers or polarization converters. A special case of a polarization dependent material
property is magneto-optical activity. Magneto-optical active materials can also be used to
alter the polarization state, but more importantly they can be used to build non-reciprocal
components like isolators. Further, the optical properties can not only depend on the state of
polarization but also on the electric field amplitude of the light wave. The optical properties
can depend on the second, third power or even higher powers of the electric field. Here,
the effects and applications are vast – amplification, frequency conversion, and all-optical
switching to name but a few.

To learn more, read "Optical Materials in CST STUDIO SUITE"

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