Inverse design software automates design process for optical, nanophotonic structures


Photonic inverse design produces an assortment of nonintuitive designs that can achieve better performance in smaller footprints than their traditionally designed counterparts can. Despite the multitude of possible designs for any particular task, analysis of the designs for a beam splitter reveals how the algorithm produces devices that can actually be classified into different types based on their structure and underlying physical principles. Credit: Logan Su

Stanford University researchers created an inverse design codebase called SPINS that can help researchers explore different design methodologies to find fabricable optical and nanophotonic structures.

In the journal Applied Physics Reviews Logan Su and colleagues review inverse design’s potential for optical and nanophotonic structures, as well as present and explain how to use their own inverse design…



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