Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

Charge Carrier Motion in Semiconductors

B. Kreisler, G. Anton, J. Durst, and T. Michel
Physikalisches Institut Abt. IV, Erlangen

The motion of free charge carriers in semiconductors was simulated using the convection and diffusion module in COMSOL. The focus of this work is the sensor layer of the Medipix2 x-ray detector, in our case made of silicon. The charge cloud generated by photon interactions within the sensor material moves through the material due to an applied electric field. The charges are collected by the ...

Effective Permittivity and Optical Properties of Photonic/Plasmonic Structures in Nanocomposite Glass

O. Kiriyenko, W. Hergert, S. Wackerow, and H. Graener
Institut für Physik, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät II, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany

In this presentation, we study the optical properties of different photonic structures.

Light Scattering Simulation of Nano-objects on the Surface of Silicon Wafers by 3D Finite Element Method

Y. Oshikane, T. Higashi, N. Taniguchi, M. Nakano, and H. Inoue
Dept. of Prec. Sci. and Technology
Grad. School of Eng.
Osaka University
Japan

Nanotechnology is rated as a key technology of the 21st century. In the field of nano-optics already at present, state-of-the-art scientific experiments and industrial applications exhibit nanometer to sub-nanometer design tolerances. This motivates the development and application of fast and accurate simulation tools for these fields or electromagnetic (EM) field.

Efficient Simulation of 3D Electro-optical Waveguides Using the Effective Refractive Index Method

M. Herlitschke, M. Blasl, and F. Costache
Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems
Dresden, Germany

3D FEM simulation of millimeter-scale, complex electro-optically induced waveguide based devices demands the use of grids with more than several million nodes. Hence the simulation could take substantial time and require large amounts of available memory. This paper presents a computation algorithm based on the conversion of an initial 3D waveguide structure into an analogous 2D structure, ...

Thickness Designs for Micro-Thermoelectric Generators Using Three Dimensional PDE Coefficient-COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a Analysis

S. Seif[1], K. Cadien[1]
[1]Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Predicting the optimum thickness and gap size between n-type and p-type legs of micro thermoelectric devices are the major challenges in designing micro thermo electric generators. We have reported the gap size and optimal thickness for optimal output power. We found that the gap size should be 0.1 microns; but, depending on fabrication capability, the gap size can be varied from 0.1 to 6 ...

Design of Tunable Metamaterial Operating Near 90 GHz

K. Tarnowski[1], W. Salejda[1]
[1]Institute of Physics, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland

Currently there is much interest in electromagnetic metamaterials [1-9]. In our work we have focused on design of tunable metamaterial which can be made within available technology. In proposed design we use metallic split-ring resonators and thin-wires (Figure 1). Moreover we have decided to introduce nematic liquid crystal layer in design to obtain tunability (Figure 2). One can control ...

Modeling of III-Nitride Quantum Wells with Arbitrary Crystallographic Orientation for Nitride-Based Photonics

M. Kisin, R. Brown, and H. El-Ghoroury

Ostendo Technologies, Inc., Carlsbad, CA, USA

A program for self-consistent modeling of electron-hole energy spectrum and space-charge distribution in III-nitride based quantum well (QW) structures has been developed. The model takes into consideration full 6-band description of the valence band states, nonparabolicity of the electron spectrum, quantum confinement of electrons and holes, strain induced modifications of the band structure, ...

Calculating and Observing Opto-Mechanically Induced Surface Acoustic Waves in a Silica Whispering Gallery Microresonator

J. Zehnpfennig
Photonics Research Center
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY

Here we calculate opto-mechanically induced Surface Acoustic Waves upon a silica microresonator using COMSOL. Using conservation of momentum, we show both analytically and numerically that the photonphonon interaction within the resonator cavity causes a moving train of electrodes - a virtual grating of matter density – that displace material in different directions and magnitudes. This ...

Multiphysic FEMLAB modelisation to evaluate mid-infrared photonic detector performances

Cuminal, Y.1, Christol, P.2, Rodriguez, J.B2, Joullié, A.2
1 Laboratoire des Sciences des Matériaux et d’Automatique (LASMEA), Université Clermont II, UMR CNRS 6602, Aubiére, France
2 Centre d’Electronique et de Micro-optoélectronique de Montpellier (CEM2), Université de Montpellier-II, UMR CNRS 5507, Montpellier, France

Infrared photonic detectors operating in the mid infrared region find applications in pollution monitoring, high-speed infrared imaging systems and free space telecommunications. There is a need for new uncooled high performance detector systems and antimonide-based (Sb-based) semiconductor quantum structures could be an alternative of the well-established technologies. The main objective of ...

Magnetic Liquids for Lab-on-a-chip and Rapid Diagnostics Applications

H. Köser
Yale University

In this presentation we outline our recent work on Magnetic Liquids, and the great number of application areas these are used. Ferrofluids are nanometer sized magnetic particles, covered by a surfactant, suspended in a carrier medium compatible with the surfactant material. Ferrofluids are applicable to a great and ever increasing number of application areas, such as: • Liquid Seals and ...

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