Design of a high quality optical resonator

  • Date: 09/21/2007

Fadil Santosa (University of Minnesota)


Simon Fraser University


We consider resonance phenomena for the scalar wave in an inhomogeneous
medium. Resonance can be described as a solution to the wave equation
that is spatially localized while its time dependence is (mostly)
harmonic except for decay due to radiation. The reciprocal of the decay
rate is referred to as the quality of the resonator. We will discuss
the problem of designing resonators which has high quality where the
design variable is the index of refraction of the medium. We will start
with an introduction to resonance and its computation, and describe a
continuation approach that allows one to maximize quality. Numerical
examples of high quality resonators will be presented.

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Centre for Scientific Computing Seminar 2007