Material Dispersion Evaluation

Using Material Dispersion option it is possible to calculate the dispersion accumulated by a pulse passing through dispersive medium of the given thickness.  

OptiLayer calculates phase (\(\varphi\)), group delay (GD) and group delay dispersion (GDD) accumulated in a substrate or in a stack (a set of thick media).

\[  \varphi=\frac{\omega n(\omega)}{c}\cdot d_s, \]

\[ GD=-\frac{d\varphi}{d\omega},\]

\[ GDD=-\frac{d^2\varphi}{d^2\omega}, \]

\( d_s \) is substrate thickness

This option is available through Analysis > Material Dispersion

You need to specify the type of medium (it is taken from the Substrate database) and its thickness (Fig. 1).

dispersion accumulated   Fig. 1. GDD accumulated in 2mm Suprasil.

If a combination of several media need to be analyzed, it can be performed with the help of Stack object (Fig. 2).

In this case all Media specified in Stack object are considered. Coatings (if they present) are ignored during Material Dispersion Evaluation.

dispersion in pulse

 Fig. 2. Phase accumulated in 1mm Suprasil and 2mm Sapphire.

Optionally it is possible to exclude the term \((A + B\omega)\) from phase characteristic and constant term \(B\) from GD plot. These terms don't affect the GDD characteristic (Fig. 3).

MatDisp linpart

 Fig. 3. Phase accumulated in 2mm Suprasil with included \((A + B\omega)\) term (left panel) and excluded the linear term (right panel).

In the case of stack (a set of media), accumulated phase, GD and GDD are calculated as a sum of phase, GD, and GDD accumulated in the corresponding media. For example, for the structure in Fig.  

\[ \varphi(Stack)=\varphi(Suprasil)\cdot 1mm+\varphi(Sapphire)\cdot 2mm \]

\[ GD(Stack)=GD(Suprasil)\cdot 1mm+GD(Sapphire)\cdot 2mm \]

\[ GDD(Stack)=GDD(Suprasil)\cdot 1mm+GDD(Sapphire)\cdot 2mm \]

You can obtain numerical values of the phase, GD, and GDD on a desired wavelength grid (Fig. 4).

pulse accumulates dispersion

Fig. 4. Numerical values of dispersion curves can be easily obtained through right-click menu or through Results--> Materials Dispersion Report.

Important. Spectral range for calculations is the same as in Analysis window of OptiLayer.

Important. Substrate object (Substrate + Thickness mode) or all Media in the Stack object (Stack mode) should be represented as formulas, since calculation of GD/GDD requires differentiation operations.

GD/GDD values can be copied directly to design target.

Important: in order to design a dispersive mirror compensating the accumulated dispersion, the sign of GD/GDD must be changed to the opposite one (Fig. 5).

compensation pulse dispersion

Fig. 5. Numerical values of dispersion curves can be easily obtained through right-click menu or through Results--> Materials Dispersion Report.

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