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1st Edition

Photonics Modelling and Design

ISBN 9781138809383
Published October 18, 2017 by CRC Press

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Book Description

Photonics Modeling and Design delivers a concise introduction to the modeling and design of photonic devices. Assuming a general knowledge of photonics and the operating principles of fibre and semiconductor lasers, this book:

  • Describes the analysis of the light propagation in dielectric media
  • Discusses heat diffusion and carrier transport
  • Applies the presented theory to develop fibre and semiconductor laser models
  • Addresses the propagation of short optical pulses in optical fibres
  • Puts all modeling into practical context with examples of devices currently in development or on the market

Providing hands-on guidance in the form of MATLAB® scripts, tips, and other downloadable content, Photonics Modeling and Design is written for students and professionals interested in modeling photonic devices either for gaining a deeper understanding of the operation or to optimize the design.

Table of Contents




Optical Model

Active Medium Model

Heat Diffusion and Stress–Strain Models

Photonic Device Models


Light Propagation in Homogenous Media

Fourier Method

Optical Beam Reflection and Refraction

Paraxial and Wide Angle Approximations

Transmission through Thin Optical Elements


Optical Waveguides

Introduction to Optical Waveguide Theory

Planar Optical Waveguides

Waveguiding in Planar Optical Waveguides

Index Guiding Planar Optical Waveguides

Low Loss Leaky and Gain Guided Planar Optical Waveguides

Examples of Planar Optical Waveguides

Slab Optical Waveguide

Effective Index Method

Propagation Constant Calculation Techniques for Planar Optical Waveguides

Comparison of Polarised, Scalar, and Effective Index Approximations

Optical Fibres

Waveguiding in Optical Fibres

Examples of Optical Fibres

Step Index Circular Optical Fibre

A "Poor Man’s Approach" to Modelling MOFs

Propagation Constant Calculation Techniques for MOFs


Beam Propagation Method


BPM Algorithms

Split Operator BPM

Eigenmode Expansion BPM

Matrix Expansion BPM

Bidirectional BPM

Handling Abrupt Discontinuities

Handling Multiply Reflected Waves

Numerical Implementation of BPM

Boundary Condition

Dispersion Characteristics

Staircasing Approximation

Selected Examples of BPM Application

Optical Taper

Oblique and Bent Waveguides

Y Junction

Time Domain Analysis

Time Domain BPM

Travelling Wave Approach


Thermal Modelling of Photonic Devices

Heat Flow

Heat Flow in Photonic Devices

Finite Difference Analysis of Heat Flow in Homogenous Media

Finite Difference Analysis of Heat Flow in Inhomogeneous Media

Heat Sources, Boundary Conditions, and Thermal Boundary Resistance


Flow of Current in Semiconductor Photonic Devices


Potential Distribution in Unbiased p–n Junction

Potential and Quasi-Fermi Level Distribution in Biased

p–n Junction

Modelling of Current Flow in Photonic Semiconductor Devices


Fibre Amplifiers and Lasers

Photons and Atoms

Silica Glass–Doped with Erbium Ions

Fibre Amplifier Modelling

Copropagating and Counterpropagating Pump Fibre Amplifier Models

Amplified Spontaneous Emission

Fibre Laser Modelling

Time Domain Models

Extraction of Modelling Parameters

Lanthanide Ion Interaction Effects


Laser Diode Modelling


0D LD Models

0D CW Model

0D Time Domain Model

0D Spectral Model

1D Laser Diode Models

Multidimensional LD Models


Pulse Propagation in Optical Fibres


Propagation of Optical Pulses in Fibers

Split-Step Fourier Method


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Slawomir Sujecki is associate professor at the University of Nottingham, UK. He holds a Ph.D and D.Sc from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. Previously he was lecturer and research assistant at the University of Nottingham; researcher at the National Institute of Telecommunications, Warsaw, Poland; and lecturer at the Kielce University of Technology, Poland. An IEEE senior member, OSA life member, and NUSOD Conference Program Committee member, Dr. Sujecki has participated in research projects funded by the European Community, including Ultrabright, Bright.EU, Brighter.EU, FastAccess, Copernicus, and MINERVA, and has received fellowships from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, British Council, Royal Society, and Wolfson Foundation.


"I think the main strength of this book is the detailed discussion of fundamental equations as well as the in-depth comparison of numerical methods. … The author obviously knows what he is writing about from first-hand experience with advanced modeling and practical design of modern devices."
—Joachim Piprek, NUSOD Institute, Newark, Delaware, USA

"I like the use of MATLAB®-based example codes. ... I like the fact that the material is all based on the author’s own personal research. This brings a level of detail and understanding. ... The author has considerable experience in developing original BPM and thermal models in the context of high-power laser diodes simulation. He brings both subjects to light with his considerable insight. ... The book draws upon the author’s wide experience in photonics modelling and simulation. It is rigorous in approach, insightful, and very well written."
—Prof. Trevor Benson, University of Nottingham, UK