Photonics Simulation & Design Software (Ansys Lumerical)

Simulating light’s interactions for the design of photonic components and systems.

Photonics Business Value

Ansys Lumerical’s comprehensive suite of photonics simulation and analysis tools offers component-level and system-level simulations to optimize performance, minimize physical prototyping costs and reduce time-to-market. Enhanced design flows enable designers with compact models calibrated to leading foundry processes.

High Level Feature 

Ansys Lumerical, a complete photonics simulation software solution, enables the design of photonic components, circuits and systems. Device and system-level tools work together seamlessly allowing designers to model interacting optical, electrical, and thermal effects. Flexible interoperability between products enables a variety of workflows that combine device multiphysics and photonic circuit simulation with third-party design automation and productivity tools. Python-based automation and flows for building and using compact models support the industry’s leading foundries.

Device-level tools

Use multiphysics-style simulation capabilities and workflows to model optical, electrical and thermal effects at the physical level.






System-level tools


Simulate and optimize the performance of photonic integrated circuits and generate compact model libraries.

Lumerical FDTD







FDTD is the gold standard for modeling nanophotonic devices, processes, and materials.
• Multi-coefficient models create accurate material modeling
• Simulate nonlinear and spatially varying anisotropic materials
• Utilize scripting, advanced pos-processing and optimization routines

Lumerical MODE







MODE has everything you need to get the most out of your waveguide and coupler designs.
• Advanced conformal mesh for high simulation accuracy
• Variational FDTD propagation for large planar waveguides (varFDTD solver)
• Eigenmode analysis for large propagation lengths (EME solver)
• Finite Difference Eigenmode analysis (FDE solver)

Lumerical FEEM







FEEM provides superior accuracy and performance scaling with a finite element Maxwell’s solver.
• Accurate results for curved waveguide geometries
• Superior performance scaling with high order mesh polynomials
• Spatially varying index perturbations for modeling active devices

Lumerical CML Compiler 








Enables proven, automated, cross-simulator photonic compact model library (CML) generation.
• CMLs support multiple EDPA workflows
• IP protected INTERCONNECT and Verilog-A models from a single data source
• High-quality compact models for frequency and time-domain simulations
• Generate statistically enabled libraries

Lumerical DGTD






DGTD tackles the most challenging classes of nanophotonic simulations with a finite element Maxwell’s solver.
• Object-conformal finite element mesh, free of staircasing
• Accurate control with higher-order mesh polynomials
• Far-field and grating projections
• Gaussian vector beams

Lumerical STACK







STACK is an ideal solution for the rapid analysis of thin-film multilayer stacks.
• Ideal for prototyping thin film applications
• Plane-wave and dipole illumination functions
• Captures interference and microcavity effects
• Export surface models, including bidirectional scattering distribution function (BSDF) and diffraction gratings, to Ansys Speos for human perception analysis








Ansys Lumerical’s photonic integrated circuit simulator verifies multimode, bidirectional and multi-channel PICs.
• Hierarchical schematic editor
• Frequency domain analysis in circuit solver
• Transient sample and block mode simulators
• Multi-mode and multi-channel support
• PIC element libraries for laser and system modeling
• Simulate effects of self-heating on semiconductor laser performance
• Integrations with Virtuoso, Siemens EDA, and layout

Lumerical HEAT 







Built on the finite element method, HEAT provides designers with comprehensive thermal modeling capabilities.
• Steady-state and transient simulation
• Comprehensive thermal material models
• Study conductive, convective and radiative effects
• Joule heating from electrical conduction
• Automatic mesh refinement based on import heat profiles

Lumerical MQW







MQW simulates quantum mechanical behavior in atomically thin semiconductor layers.
• Fully coupled quantum mechanical structure calculation
• Wavefunction and band diagram calculation
• Gain and spontaneous emission
• Incorporates temperature, field and strain effects

Lumerical Photonic Verilog-A Platform








Enables multi-mode, multi-channel and bidirectional photonic circuit modeling when used in conjunction with the industry’s leading EDA simulators.
• Facilitates design and implementation of electronic-photonic integrated systems
• Bidirectional optical port
• Scalable optical channels and modes through CML Compiler model generation
• Supports schematic-driven layout