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Lumerical Photonic Design Tools

Lumerical photonic design tools suite includes optical solvers (FDTD Solutions and MODE Solutions), device-level carrier transport and thermal simulators (DEVICE CT, DEVICE HT and DEVICE DGTD), and the photonic integrated circuit design and analysis environment (INTERCONNECT).

Multiphysics Component Design:
Component-level designers can combine optical design tools, FDTD Solutions and MODE Solutions with DEVICE Charge Transport (CT), Device Heat Transport (HT) and Device Optical Modeling (DGTD) to model complex multiphysics effects in two or three dimensions
  Photonics Integrated Circuit Design:
INTERCONNECT allows designers to define circuit architecture and connectivity, build new or import foundry compact model libraries and simulate the performance of photonic integrated circuits. Designers can integrate photonic circuit simulations into schematic or layout driven design flows and tools for electronic and photonic circuits.
Lumerical Component Design Flow   Lumerical Integrated Circuit Design Flow
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FDTD Solutions

FDTD Solutions is a high performance, fully vectorial industry-proven 2D/3D finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) electromagnetic solver, for the accurate simulation of wavelength-scale optical and photonic structures, over any source bandwidth. Featuring a parallelized FDTD engine, conformal meshing across arbitrary geometries and materials, and an advanced range of options for the accurate representation of material properties over a broad wavelength range. Key applications include: Lumerical FDTD
  • CMOS image sensors
  • Solar cells
  • Organic LEDs
  • Integrated optics
  • Metamaterials
  • Surface plasmons
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Graphene

MODE Solutions

MODE Solutions is a comprehensive waveguide design environment for the analysis and optimisation of integrated optical waveguides, components, and fibres. Supporting finite-difference Eigenmode (FDE) solving for waveguide spatial field and modal frequency analysis, the bidirectional Eigenmode Expansion (EME) propagation method for the efficient simulation of long passive components, and a 2.5D variational FDTD (varFDTD) solver for the fast and accurate solution of planar structures. Key applications include: Lumerical MODE
  • Integrated Optics
  • Tapers
  • Couplers and resonators
  • Bragg gratings
  • Thermal tuning/ switching
  • Electro-optic modulators
  • Fibres
  • Transmission lines


DEVICE is a multiphysics finite element simulation for charge-carrier transport (CT), heat transfer (HT) and optical (DGTD) problems, either independently or self-consistently, in semiconductor devices. Implementing a Poisson/ drift-diffusion approach, both steady-state and transient responses are supported for structures including heterojunctions. Coupled with either the FDTD solutions or MODE solutions solvers, the full self-consistent thermal-electro-optical solution to component problems can be achieved. Key applications include: Lumerical DEVICE
  • Semiconductor devices
  • Electro-optic modulators
  • Photovoltaic devices
  • Active metamaterials
  • Thermal tuning/ switching
  • Plasmonic heating


INTERCONNECT is a photonic Integrated Circuit design and analysis environment, supporting design-entry via a hierarchical schematic editor, and simulation using a time and frequency-domain circuit solver, featuring multi-mode and multichannel support, and mixed signal representation. Building upon an extensive library of PIC building blocks, including both passive and active components, optical sources and elements, in addition to PDK-based foundry calibrated parameterised cells and models, INTERCONNECT enables parameter sweeps, yield and statistical analysis, as well as an optimisation framework. Importing parameters obtained from Lumerical component simulators FDTD Soltions, MODE Solutions, and DEVICE CT/HT, compact model generation for custom components is supported. Integration with EDA frameworks Cadence Virtuoso, Mentor Tanner and Luceda IPKISS are supported using the appropriate interoperability license. Key applications include: Lumerical INTERCONNECT
  • Photonic integrated circuits
  • Optical transceivers
  • Modulators
  • WDM and advanced modulation
  • Fibre coupling
  • Photonic design automation
  • EDA integration
  • Yield analysis
  • Laser modelling
  • Optical filters
  • Ring resonators

Operating Systems

Lumerical Products FDTD Solutions, MODE Solutions, INTERCONNECT and DEVICE

How to Order

Orders are placed with the vendor on a single order, once per month. To be included in the current month's order, all documents must be received by the Microelectronics Support Centre no later than the 25th day of the month.

Detailed instructions on how to place an order are given in our Order Procedures.



Last modified: January 22, 2021