Solid-State and Nano Seminar

MEEP: A flexible, free-software package for electromagnetic simulations by the FDTD method

Dr. Ardavan OskooiResearch FellowEECS

This workshop for researchers in the photonics and optics community will explore the various capabilities and inner workings of the open-source finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) software package for electromagnetism developed at MIT known as MEEP. Since its initial public release in 2006, MEEP has become a popular tool in the photonics community given its extensive feature set and ability to support large-scale, parallelized computations. Several examples demonstrating some of the advanced capabilities of the software relevant to current research in nanophotonic, plasmonic and photovoltaic devices will be discussed via a two-hour hands-on tutorial with the code. Familiarity with the MEEP interface and some knowledge of the Scheme programming language are recommended but not required.
Dr. Ardavan Oskooi is currently a research fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Professor Stephen R. Forrest's Optoelectronic Components and Materials group here at UM earlier this year, he was a JSPS postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electronic Science and Engineering at Kyoto University in Japan where he investigated enhanced light-trapping designs in nanostructured silicon thin films. Dr. Oskooi graduated with a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2010 where he worked with the groups of Professor Steven G. Johnson in Applied Mathematics and John D. Joannopoulos in Physics on computational research into nanophotonics. He obtained a master's degree from MIT in Computation for Design and Optimization in 2008 and a bachelors degree, with honors, in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2004. Dr. Oskooi is one of the core developers of MEEP.

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