Faraday Cages Say ‘Do Not Pass’ to Electromagnetic Waves

Brianne Costa May 1, 2017

We thrive on the ability to stay constantly connected to the rest of the world through technology. But there are times when our devices hold us back, distracting us when we should be working on an important project or connecting with friends over dinner. Fortunately, a device that was first theorized over 200 years ago — the Faraday cage — offers a way to take ourselves offline, if only for a little while.

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Caty Fairclough April 27, 2017

When analyzing semiconductor devices, it is important to account for the multiple physics affecting their performance. The Semiconductor Module — an add-on product to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software — can help you model these complex devices. In this blog post, we discuss a new tutorial model of a 1D silicon solar cell, which is available with the latest release of the COMSOL® software, version 5.3.

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Bridget Cunningham April 24, 2017

Due to the complex pumping scheme of high-power CO2 lasers, there are many species and collisions to consider in their analysis. This makes modeling plasma behavior in these devices — a key element in their optimization — a challenging task. Applying a multilevel approach, one researcher used the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to create a full 3D model of planar discharge in a CO2 laser. The results showcase the homogeneity of the discharge while offering further potential for optimizing laser designs.

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Walter Frei April 20, 2017

When designing electromagnetic coils, we may want to adjust the position of the coils to achieve a desired magnetic field strength within a particular region of space. This is possible to do within the COMSOL Multiphysics® software by using the add-on AC/DC Module and Optimization Module to combine parameter and shape optimization. Let’s find out how.

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Bridget Cunningham April 17, 2017

Optical fibers that deliver midinfrared wavelengths are in high demand for a range of relative applications. As infrared transparent materials, semiconductors are useful for this purpose when combined with silica, helping to realize a new generation of midinfrared fiber optics. While important to performance, measuring the optical losses of such structures can be challenging experimentally because of time and costs. Simulation enables us to efficiently model this behavior for varying wavelengths and fiber geometries and identify strategies to reduce losses.

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Caty Fairclough April 14, 2017

Current wireless power transfer technologies require charging stands or pads and only work over small distances, limiting their possible applications. But what if we can provide safe wireless power to electronic devices anywhere in a room, regardless of their location? The quasistatic cavity resonance (QSCR) method, developed by a team at Disney Research, may be the solution. Let’s explore the inner workings of this method as well as the simulation and experiments used to test its functionality and safety.

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Bridget Cunningham April 12, 2017

Many parameters can impact the strength and stability of concrete structures, so finding ways to efficiently measure their condition is key. Embedding sensors within these structures can provide such assessments. To accurately model these systems, it’s important to account for the complex phenomena within concrete and analyze their impact on sensor performance. The flexibility of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software allowed one research team to do just that. Their findings offer insight into designing more reliable sensors for concrete monitoring.

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Caty Fairclough April 11, 2017

Microwave filters can help prevent unwanted frequency components in the output of a microwave transmitter design. However, when the microwave system experiences thermal drift, it can be difficult to achieve high-frequency stability in the filters. To address this issue and improve filter designs, system engineers need to predict the change of the passband frequency caused by thermal expansion. As we’ll see today, one way to achieve this is with multiphysics modeling.

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Walter Frei April 10, 2017

If you design electromagnetic coils, the combination of the AC/DC and Optimization modules with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software gives you the power to quickly come up with improved design iterations. Today, we will look at designing a coil system to achieve a desired magnetic field distribution by changing the coil’s driving currents. We will also introduce three different optimization objectives and constraints. This topic is of interest to anyone who is modeling coils or curious about optimization.

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Walter Frei April 4, 2017

Have you ever wanted to query the results of your model within an arbitrary geometric subregion? You might think that this requires adding geometries to a model and recomputing the solution. Instead, in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, we can just add and reposition a part solely for the purpose of evaluating the results. We will demonstrate this in the context of computing mutual inductance between coils and discuss simpler techniques that can be used for a reduced set of cases.

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Bridget Cunningham March 28, 2017

Measuring acceleration is important in high-speed dynamics, as velocity, force, and pressure are derived from it. Sensing elements inside accelerometers make it possible to obtain such measurements. As technology advances, these sensor packages must be optimized to handle higher vibrational frequency bandwidths. To accomplish this, researchers tested their novel piezoresistive sensor chip as part of a package design. Their simulation results, which agree well with experimental data, pave the way for optimizing sensor packages to achieve higher bandwidths.

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