WIAS Preprint No. 774, (2002)

Numerical techniques in the simulation of microwave and laser structures including PML


  • Hebermehl, Georg
  • Hübner, Friedrich-Karl
  • Schlundt, Rainer
    ORCID: 0000-0002-4424-4301
  • Tischler, Thorsten
  • Zscheile, Horst
  • Heinrich, Wolfgang

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35Q60 65F10 65F15 65N22


  • Microwave device, Optoelectronic device, Maxwell's equations, PML boundary condition, Eigenvalue problem, Systems of linear algebraic equations


The properties of circuit structures can be described in terms of their scattering matrix. For the simulation of these structures, we use a Finite Difference Frequency Domain (FDFD) method in order to solve the three dimensional boundary value problem, governed by Maxwells equations. For the computation of the discrete grid equations, advanced preconditioning techniques are applied to reduce the dimension and the number of iterations solving the large-scale systems of linear algebraic equations by means of a block Krylov subspace method. The computational domain is truncated by electric or magnetic walls, open structures are treated using the Perfectly Matched Layer (PML) absorbing boundary condition. Calculating the excitation at the structures ports, one obtains an eigenvalue problem and thus large-scale systems of linear algebraic equations. The interesting modes of smallest attenuation are found solving a sequence of eigenvalue problems of modified matrices. Non-physical PML modes are detected by checking the eigenfunctions. Due to the high wavenumbers that have to be treated in optoelectronic device simulations, the number of modified eigenvalue problems as well as the dimension of the problem grows substantially in comparison to microwave structures. To reduce the execution times a coarse and a fine grid and parallelization techniques are used.

Appeared in

  • Proceedings of the 10th International IGTE Symposium "Numerical Field Calculation in Electrical Engineering", CD-ROM, September 16-18, 2002, Technical University Graz, Austria

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