Marek Wartak

Wilfrid Laurier University
Project Title: Non-equilibrium Green’s function approach to simulations of active photonic nanostructures
Industry Partner: Optiwave
Project Partner: Ilias Kotsireas
Platform: Blue Gene/Q

Advanced Manufacturing

The present project is aimed at creating fast and accurate highly-parallel algorithms and the related mathematical models to simulate active photonics devices (e.g., quantum well lasers) using high performance computers. Computational tools for simulation of optoelectronic devices bring to the industry a considerable reduction of the development cost. New models are developed, implemented in software, verified by experiments and tested for new predictions. Such an approach shortens development time of new devices, thus reduces overall price of finished products. The past era of device simulations was based on drift-diffusion approach. However, the nano-era of optoelectronic devices involves new materials and architectures, along with a number of novel phenomena that must be taken into account. Altogether the field is expanding very fast. At the same time modern simulations require extensive computational resources, and there exists significant room for optimization. One of the approaches to optimization is the use of parallel algorithms on the systems like Blue Gene Q. We hope our project will allow Optiwave to increase significantly their global market share in photonic simulations software