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Modeling Crystals & Anisotropic Media with VirtualLab Fusion

21 October 2021

The very characteristic properties of anisotropic media make them a fundamental part of many optical systems, particularly in terms of polarization control of the propagating light. Being able to model crystals and anisotropic components accurately, not just as standalone elements, but especially as one piece of a larger, more complex system, is then of evident interest across a broad range of fields of application.  

That is just what the fast physical optics modeling and design software VirtualLab Fusion can provide: with its consistent treatment of light as a fully fledged electromagnetic field, its flagship “connecting electromagnetic field solvers” technology, and the new solver for crystals and anisotropic media that saw the light in our release earlier this year of version 2021.1, you have all you need to model your optical systems with crystals. This enables keeping track of all facets of polarization effects in the system, whether they stem from the anisotropy of the crystal or other phenomena in the system. Join us in this webinar if you want to hear more about:  

  • The demonstration of well-known effects of uni- and biaxial crystals (like birefringence and conical refraction)
  • The generation of optical vortices through propagartion of light in a uniaxial crystal
  • The use of birefringent media in a multilayer reflective polarizer for application in LCDs
The figure shows the appearance of phase vortices after the propagation of focused linearly polarized light through a calcite crystal. The simulation results were generated with VirtualLab Fusion.

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