Looking Forward to the Multiphysics Webinar with Laser Focus World

Phil Kinnane | August 24, 2012
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COMSOL has been running webinars together with our media partners for a few years now. This great technology has allowed us and them to showcase some interesting research and modeling applications, usually focused around multiphysics, and bring it directly to the engineer’s computer screen. Now a new partner has come on board, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with Laser Focus World. To kick this off, we will run a webinar on multiphysics and what it actually is, particularly in relation to the readers of Laser Focus World. I’m really looking forward to this multiphysics webinar. To give you a taste of what will be presented on Wednesday, check out this following video:

Laser Focus World describes itself as the “International Resource for Technology and Applications in the Global Photonics Industry”. While photonics seems to be a major part of the magazine’s repertoire, I have also seen articles concerning metamaterials, plasmonics and other high-frequency based applications. But not a lot about how these applications are influenced by other physics.

Coupling other physics to those that describe the properties of photonics and optical devices is not a common practice within the industry, from my experience. COMSOL has always had its users who work with photonics, metamaterials and the like, and many of them have presented at our COMSOL Conferences. I believe that a lot of this can be attributed to the fact that COMSOL Multiphysics gives these types of modelers a lot of flexibility for defining refractive and other light-influencing material properties. The finite element method’s ability to better resolve geometries, compared to other numerical methods, is also a factor.

But multiphysics in this industry is important! As the transmission of light as a communication and information conduit has become widespread, and fiber optics cables are placed in places like the bottom of the seabed and on the outside surfaces of airplanes, considering the surrounding environments is critical. I hope to show this in the multiphysics webinar on August 29th, which you can sign up for here.

You can also check out some of the papers and presentations that have been published over the years on photonics and optical devices here.

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