Non-equilibrium Green's function approach to simulations of active photonic nanostructures, SOSCIP Project

This is the page for a recently awarded SOSCIP project at Wilfrid Laurier University in partnership with Optiwave.

The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) is a research and development consortium established in April 2012. The consortium pairs academic and industry researchers with advanced computing tools to fuel innovation leadership in Canada within the areas of agile computing, health, water, energy, cities, mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cybersecurity.

Current consortium members include several Ontario Universities and Colleges, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre.

Project Title:

Non-equilibrium Green's function approach to simulations of active photonic nanostructures

Project Personnel:

Project Description:

See a project abstract and overheads from a conference talk.

Typical examples of the structures than can be simulated with this approach:

Carbon nanotube

DNA molecule


Project SME Involvement:

Optiwave, is the leading provider of scientific design software for photonics industry since 1994. Optiwave offers suite of comprehensive engineering design tools that provides benefit to photonic, bio-photonic, and system design engineers with a comprehensive design environment. The acceptance of Optiwave software as the industry standard is validated through its implementation by over 1000 customers in over 60 countries, including at Fortune 500 companies, universities and government research labs. Optiwave is headquartered in Ottawa with an established distribution network throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company currently employs personnel of 25, and has annual sales exceeding $5 Million. Optiwave continuously creates new products and improves existing products, so as to respond to our expanding market. The company products are deeply vested in recent advances of photonics theory, and partnerships with university researchers who are in front of research lines are always very valuable.

Optiwave has an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Wartak group, which is currently funded via NSERC CRD program (end date April 2016). In the project, Dr. Wartak team is developing a code for simulating semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) and vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) using transmission line laser model. The corresponding code is written in Matlab and currently being transferred to Optiwave for evaluation. The company plans to use the project results as a basis for a brand new product offering. Currently, Optiwave does not offer a simulator product for semiconductor lasers, while their competitors do. Offering a new product with significantly more advanced features when compared to the competitors simulators will allow them to grow sales and add 3-5 new Ontario-based jobs to support ongoing development for new product line.

Page maintained by: Ilias S. Kotsireas and Marek S. Wartak
Last Update: February 2016