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High-Frequency Electromagnetics

ANSYS Multiphysics; RTI International, USA

High-Frequency Electromagnetics


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“We use ANSYS Multiphysics - High Frequency Emag - to better understand the physics behind our research and to choose the optimum device fabrication. ANSYS helps us to analyze different kinds of geometries to achieve the best design performance. Because we are able to simulate many different structures with a parametric model, we are able to save time and money in device development while improving device performance. The electromagnetic support staff at ANSYS have also added significant and prompt advice to help us further our simulation capabilities.”

Cynthia Beasley, Research Engineer


To simulate the effect of a high-frequency (Infra red) plane wave (25-100THz) interacting (both normal and oblique incidence) with a periodic array reflective structure. The physical model size and frequency range said the problem was unsolvable by traditional FEA techniques, which typically require 10 - 15 element per wavelength. i.e. At 100 THz, something approaching a 100 million degrees of freedom.


ANSYS Multiphysics was used to perform a full wave electromagnetics harmonic scattering analysis on the device. Reflection coefficients were computed in the frequency range of 25 - 100 THz. The analysis took into account the skin depth and loss of RF energy through joule heating of the materials. A fully parametric model enabled rapid changes in materials, geometry and excitation. The numerical problem size was reduced considerably through the use of the periodic boundary condition.


Provided us with the ability to validate experimental results and quickly improve device performance by investigating various structure parameter changes. The software contributed to a better scientific understanding of experimental results because we could actually visualize the electric field within and around the structure. ANSYS also allowed us to analyze results at discrete frequency points, which will help us to plan future equipment purchases for our experimental work.

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