Abstract

An explicit method for the numerical simulation of optical integrated circuits by means of the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method is presented. This method, based on an explicit solution of Maxwell’s equations, is well established in microwave technology. Although the simulation areas are small, we verified the behavior of three interesting problems, especially nonparaxial problems, with typical aspects of integrated optical devices. Because numerical losses are within acceptable limits, we suggest the use of the FDTD method to achieve promising quantitative simulation results.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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