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Computational Electromagnetics Workshop: FDTD using MEEP

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The Stanford Optical Society is hosting a three hour workshop on open-source computational electromagnetics. This interactive, hands-on sessions will introduce participants to setting up and launching electromagnetic simulations using the state-of-the-art finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) software package Meep, originally developed at MIT. Meep supports a wide range of electromagnetic design and modeling. 
Participants are required to bring their laptops and will be guided through several tutorial examples involving (1) preparing simulation models, (2) deploying them using high-performance computing (HPC) via Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and (3) post-processing the results using Octave. Examples will include light trapping in thin-film solar absorbers, spontaneous-emission rate and light-extraction efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and far-field diffraction from binary gratings. Also, the instructor will be available for private consultation after the workshop to further assist participants with the simulation tools.
Register here! Please note that registration is limited to 25 participants at this time on a first-come-first-served basis. The location will be disclosed to the participants closer to the date of the workshop. 
Ardavan Oskooi is the Founder and CEO of Simpetus, a San Francisco-based startup with a mission to propel simulations forward with open source and cloud computing. Ardavan received his Sc.D. from MIT where he worked with Professors Steven G. Johnson and John D. Joannopoulos (thesis: Computation & Design for Nanophotonics) to develop Meep. Ardavan has published 13 first-author articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book Advances in FDTD Computational Electrodynamics: Photonics and Nanotechnology with Professors Allen Taflove of Northwestern University and Steven G. Johnson. He has a masters in Computation for Design and Optimization from MIT and completed his undergraduate studies, with honors, in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. Prior to launching Simpetus, Ardavan worked with Professors Susumu Noda at Kyoto University and Stephen R. Forrest at the University of Michigan on leveraging Meep to push the frontier of optoelectronic device design.  
2:00 PM-2:30 PM: 
Overview of the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method and introduction to MEEP.  
Summary of steps involved in running MEEP simulations.
Transmission through a dielectric waveguide as a first example.
2:30 - 3:15pm:
Real-world tutorial examples, Part 1:
Solar Light Trapping in Nanostructured Thin Films
— Materials with arbitrary, complex refractive indicies
— Obliquely-incident planewave sources
3:15 - 3:30pm
Coffee Break
3:30 - 4:15pm
Real-world tutorial examples, Part 2:
Far-Field Diffraction of Binary Gratings
— Near-to-far-field transformation
— Visualization of field propagation
4:15 - 5:00pm
Real-world tutorial examples, Part 3:
Spontaneous-Emission Enhancement Rate and Light-Extraction Efficiency of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes
— Incoherent emission from dipole excitons based on Monte-Carlo methods
— Surface-plasmon polaritons (SPP)  


Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 14:00 to 17:00