Finite difference frequency domain method: Maxwell equation solutions for optical engineering applications

Juuso Olkkonen, Kari Kataja, Janne Aikio, Dennis G. Howe

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Abstract

Scalar diffraction theory is not applicable to electromagnetic problems in which structural (light scattering) elements have size comparable to the incident light wavelength. Such problems are usually handled by finding rigorous solutions of Maxwell’s equations. During the last decade, the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method, which provides a time-evolving simulation of the scattered light field (by solving Maxwell’s equations), has become a popular tool for treating optical problems involving micro- and nano-structures. And, even though the FDTD is applicable to problems involving wideband optical sources, it is extensively used to obtain quiescent solutions under monochromatic illumination. In the latter case, steady state solutions to Maxwell’s equations can also be found via the Finite Difference Frequency Domain (FD2) method. FD2 has some specific advantages compared to FDTD. FDTD and FD2 are compared in the sequel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Optics 2003
PublisherOptical Society of America OSA
ISBN (Print)1-55752-759-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventFrontiers in Optics: 87th OSA annual meeting, OSA 2003 - Tucson, United States
Duration: 5 Oct 20039 Oct 2003

Conference

ConferenceFrontiers in Optics: 87th OSA annual meeting, OSA 2003
CountryUnited States
CityTucson
Period5/10/039/10/03

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    Olkkonen, J., Kataja, K., Aikio, J., & Howe, D. G. (2003). Finite difference frequency domain method: Maxwell equation solutions for optical engineering applications. In Frontiers in Optics 2003 [MT92] Optical Society of America OSA. https://doi.org/10.1364/FIO.2003.MT92