Versatile design tools for integrated photonics and optoelectronics need to support a diversity of technologies addressing very different types of applications. This imposes stringent requirements on software environments, especially on circuit simulators emulating the characteristics of the components to be developed. We present an easily extensible simulation platform that allows in particular to integrate third-party tool capabilities and lab characterization information into a seamless simulation workflow. We illustrate its value for nonlinear photonics and quantum communication applications, the virtual testing of photonic chip characteristics, and the electrical and optical codesign of component and system solutions.
Dr. André Richter is an expert in optical communications and photonics including related modeling and design aspects. He holds a M.Sc. degree from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. from TU Berlin. Since joining the VPIphotonics team, André contributed numerous fundamental technical advances and product innovations in various fields of applications. For many years he led international teams in product management, technical services and R&D activities, and since 2013 serves as General Manager of VPIphotonics.