Resonator benchmark (COMSOL)#

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In this example, we reproduce the findings of Zhang et al. (2018), which is linked here.

This notebook was originally developed and written by Romil Audhkhasi (USC).

The paper investigates the resonances of silicon structures by measuring their transmission spectrum under varying geometric parameters.

The paper uses a finite element solver (COMSOL), which matches the result from Tidy3D.


(Citation: Opt. Lett. 43, 1842-1845 (2018). With permission from the Optical Society)

To do this calculation, we use a broadband pulse and frequency monitor to measure the flux on the opposite side of the structure.

# standard python imports
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

# tidy3D import
import tidy3d as td
from tidy3d import web

Set Up Simulation#

nm = 1e-3

# define the frequencies we want to measure
Nfreq = 1000
wavelengths = nm * np.linspace(1050, 1400, Nfreq)
freqs = td.constants.C_0 / wavelengths

# define the frequency center and width of our pulse
freq0 = freqs[len(freqs)//2]
freqw = freqs[0] - freqs[-1]

# Define material properties
n_SiO2 = 1.46
n_Si = 3.52
SiO2 = td.Medium(permittivity=n_SiO2**2)
Si = td.Medium(permittivity=n_Si**2)
# space between resonators and source
spc = 1.5

# geometric parameters
Px = Py = P = 650 * nm  # periodicity in x and y
t = 260 * nm            # thickness of silcon
g = 80 * nm             # gap size
L = 480 * nm            # length in x
w_sum = 400 * nm        # sum of lengths in y

# resolution (should be commensurate with periodicity)
dl = P / 32

# computes widths in y (w1 and w2) given the difference in lengths in y and the sum of lengths
def calc_ws(delta):
    """ delta is a tunable parameter used to break symmetry.
        w_sum = w1 + w2
        delta = w1 - w2
        w_sum + delta = 2 * w1
    w1 = (w_sum + delta) / 2
    w2 = w_sum - w1
    return w1, w2
# total size in z and [x,y,z]
Lz = spc + t + t + spc
sim_size = [Px, Py, Lz]

# sio2 substrate
substrate = td.Structure(
        center=[0, 0, -Lz/2],
        size=[td.inf, td.inf, 2*(spc+t)],

# creates a list of structures given a value of 'delta'
def geometry(delta):
    w1, w2 = calc_ws(delta)
    center_y = (w1 - w2) / 2.0

    cell1 = td.Structure(
            center=[0, center_y + (g + w1)/2., t/2.],
            size=[L, w1, t],

    cell2 = td.Structure(
            center=[0, center_y - (g + w2)/2., t/2.],
            size=[L, w2, t],

    return [substrate, cell1, cell2]

# time dependence of source
gaussian = td.GaussianPulse(freq0=freq0, fwidth=freqw)

# plane wave source
source = td.PlaneWave(
            size=(td.inf, td.inf, 0),
            center=(0,0,Lz/2 - spc + 2*dl),

# Simulation run time.  Note you need to run a long time to calculate high Q resonances.
run_time = 7e-12
# monitor fields on other side of structure (substrate side) at range of frequencies
monitor = td.FluxMonitor(
        center=[0., 0., -Lz/2 + spc - 2 * dl],
        size=[td.inf, td.inf, 0],

Define Case Studies#

Here we define the three simulations to run

  • With no resonators (normalization)

  • With symmetric (delta = 0) resonators

  • With asymmetric (delta != 0) resonators

grid_spec = td.GridSpec(
    grid_x = td.UniformGrid(dl=dl),
    grid_y = td.UniformGrid(dl=dl),
    grid_z = td.AutoGrid(min_steps_per_wvl=32)

# normalizing run (no Si) to get baseline transmission vs freq
# can be run for shorter time as there are no resonances
sim_empty = td.Simulation(size=sim_size,
                    pml_layers=[None, None, td.PML()])

# run with delta = 0
sim_d0 = td.Simulation(size=sim_size,
                    grid_spec = grid_spec,
                    pml_layers=[None, None, td.PML()])

# run with delta = 20nm
sim_d20 = td.Simulation(size=sim_size,
                    grid_spec = grid_spec,
                    structures=geometry(20 * nm),
                    pml_layers=[None, None, td.PML()])
# Structure visualization in various planes

fig, (ax1, ax2, ax3) = plt.subplots(1, 3, figsize=(14, 8))
sim_d0.plot_eps(x=0, ax=ax1)
sim_d0.plot_eps(y=g, ax=ax2)
sim_d0.plot_eps(z=0, ax=ax3)
[15:51:49] INFO     Auto meshing using wavelength 1.2252 defined from
<Figure size 1008x576 with 6 Axes>

Run Simulations#

batch = web.Batch(
        'normalization': sim_empty,
        'Si-resonator-delta-0': sim_d0,
        'Si-resonator-delta-20': sim_d20,

results ='data')
           INFO     Auto meshing using wavelength 1.2252 defined from
           INFO     Using Tidy3D credentials from stored file            
[15:51:52] INFO     Uploaded task 'normalization' with task_id        
[15:51:54] INFO     Uploaded task 'Si-resonator-delta-0' with task_id 
[15:51:55] INFO     Auto meshing using wavelength 1.2252 defined from
[15:51:57] INFO     Uploaded task 'Si-resonator-delta-20' with task_id
[15:52:02] Started working on Batch.                               
[15:55:49] Batch complete.                                         

Get Results and Plot#

batch_data = batch.load(path_dir='data')
flux_norm = batch_data['normalization']['flux']
trans_g0 = batch_data['Si-resonator-delta-0']['flux'] / flux_norm
trans_g20 = batch_data['Si-resonator-delta-20']['flux'] / flux_norm
[15:55:53] INFO     downloading file "monitor_data.hdf5" to           
[15:55:54] INFO     loading SimulationData from                       
[15:55:55] INFO     downloading file "monitor_data.hdf5" to           
           INFO     loading SimulationData from                       
[15:55:56] INFO     downloading file "monitor_data.hdf5" to           
[15:55:57] INFO     loading SimulationData from                       
           WARNING  Simulation final field decay value of 0.0069 is greater
                    than the simulation shutoff threshold of 1e-05. Consider                 
                    simulation again with large run_time duration for more                   
                    accurate results.                                                        

The normalizing run computes the transmitted flux for an air -> SiO2 interface, which is just below unity due to some reflection.

While not technically necessary for this example, since this transmission can be computed analytically, it is often a good idea to run a normalizing run so you can accurately measure the change in output when the structure is added. For example, for multilayer structures, the normalizing run displays frequency dependence, which would make it prudent to include in the calculation.

# plot transmission, compare to paper results, look similar
fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 1, figsize=(6, 4.5))
wavelengths_nm = td.C_0 / trans_g0.f / nm
plt.plot(wavelengths_nm, trans_g0.values, color='red', label='$\delta=0$')
plt.plot(wavelengths_nm, trans_g20.values, color='blue', label='$\delta=20~nm$')
plt.xlabel('wavelength ($nm$)')
plt.xlim([1050, 1400])
plt.ylim([0, 1])
<Figure size 432x324 with 1 Axes>

Results Comparison#

Compare this plot to published results computed using COMSOL (FEM):


(Citation: Opt. Lett. 43, 1842-1845 (2018). With permission from the Optical Society)