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.

Towards Modelling Semiconductor Heterojunctions

R. Millett[1], J. Wheeldon[2], T. Hall[1], and H. Schriemer [1,2]
[1] Centre for Research in Photonics, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada
[2] Centre for Research in Photonics, Dept. of Physics, University of Ottawa, Canada

A 2D multiphysics model has been developed to simulate heterojunctions separating abruptly doped semiconductor layers of different dopant concentrations. Numerical results are presented for the case of nN, pN and PpN heterojunctions, and a general procedure for simulating multiple heterojunctions is described.

Use of COMSOL Multiphysics for Efficient, Automatic Inverse Modeling of PDE-based Systems: Applications to Aquifer Characterization

M.A. Cardiff, and P.K. Kitanidis
Stanford University

Inverse Modeling refers to the practice of using measurements to estimate unknown parameters of a system, under conditions in which only a model for the forward problem is given. Here, we present a framework for the inverse modeling of PDE-based systems using COMSOL Multiphysics and MATLAB. Included in our framework is an automatic adjoint state formulation, allowing for more efficient ...

Implementation of ALE Moving Mesh for Transient Modeling of Nanowire Trajectories Caused by Electrokinetic Forces

S.M. Davison, and K.V. Sharp
Pennsylvania State University

Moving nanowires through microfluidic channels under electrokinetic forces can be a valuable technique to aid in the fabrication of certain devices. The trajectories of a nanowire under the influence of an externally applied electric field have been modelled through a straight channel, through a converging channel, and around a 90° corner. In a straight channel, a nanowire initially ...

3-D Finite Element Modeling of a Nanostructure Enhanced SAW Sensor

Y.L. Rao[1], and G. Zhang[1-3]
[1] Micro/Nano Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, The University of Georgia
[2] Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, The University of Georgia
[3] Faculty of Engineering, The University of Georgia

Integration of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices with nanostructures has gained interest in the development of sensors with high sensitivity. To better design nanostructure integrated SAW devices, it is essential to model three dimensional (3-D) SAW devices and analyze the wave propagation characteristics in nanostructure-enhanced SAW devices. In this work, a 3-D finite element model of ...

Modeling Mechanical Stress in the Silicon Fabrication Process using COMSOL Multiphysics

A. Kalavagunta
Vanderbilt University

This paper discusses the impact and modeling of stress experienced during the silicon fabrication process for Mosfets. The work addresses some of the issues that come up while trying to model the impact strain has on device performance. Strain dependent mobility models are also discussed.

Expand and Manage Your COMSOL Materials Library

MatWeb
Material Property Data

These slides are from a Poster presented at the Boston User’s Conference. They will explain how you can use MatWeb to automatically add any of our 60,000 material specifications to you COMSOL material library.

Single Mode Microwave Heating of Copper Powder Metal Compacts

J. Ma, C.T. Smith, G.J. Weisel, B.L. Weiss, N.M. Miskovsky, and D.T. Zimmerman.
The Pennsylvania State University.

We present numerical simulations that complement our experimental results of the microwave heating of copper powder metal compacts in separate electric (E) and magnetic (H) fields of a TE102 cavity. In general, thermal dissipation in the compacts may be attributed to resistive heating, dielectric losses, and magnetic losses. These dissipative mechanisms are coupled to the fields by the effective ...

Simulating the Generation and Guided Propagation of Terahertz Radiation using COMSOL Multiphysics

Jason A. Deibel
Rice University

Electromagnetic waves within the Teraherz frequency spectrum are common in medical techonolgy applications, such as imaging, spectroscopy and drug detection. In this presentation, we explain how Teraherz Radiation is used in different applications, how to produce Electromagnetic waves in the Teraherz frequency, and how to analyze them. Simulations in COMSOL Multiphysics are included as ...

Using COMSOL Multiphysics to Model Viscoelastic Fluid Flow

B.A. Finlayson
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Viscoelastic fluids have first normal stress differences even in rectilinear flow. Thus, they are more complicated than purely viscous non-Newtonian fluids modeled as a power-law model or Carreau model. Viscoelastic effects must be included when modeling the flow of polymer melts and concentrated polymer solutions in situations for which the normal stresses matter. The extrudate swell problem ...

Optimization of an Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator’s Superconducting Magnet Shield for the Micro-X High-Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket

E. Figueroa-Feliciano[1], M. Cavolowsky[2], C. Macklin[2], Z. Li[1], A. Sharer[2], and A. Walker[2]
[1] Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
[2] Olin College, Needham, MA

We are working on the design of a sounding rocket payload to perform high-resolution imaging spectroscopy of the Puppis A supernova remnant. This rocket payload uses Transition-Edge-Sensor Microcalorimeters, which are superconducting detectors that obtain very high (2 eV FWHM at 6 keV) imaging spectra. These devices need to be cooled to 50 mK, for which we are designing an adiabatic ...

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