Frequency Domain Solver

This tutorial demonstrates Meep's frequency-domain solver which is used to compute the fields produced in a geometry in response to a continuous-wave (CW) source. For details on how this feature works, see Section 5.3 ("Frequency-domain solver") of Computer Physics Communications, Vol. 181, pp. 687-702, 2010. This example involves using the frequency-domain solver to compute the fields of a ring resonator which has been described in Tutorial/Basics. We will verify that the error in the computed fields decreases monotonically with decreasing tolerance of the iterative solver.

Usage of the frequency-domain solver involves only two changes to the original simulation: (1) replace the Gaussian-pulse source with a continuous source, and (2) turn on complex fields since, by default, real fields are used. Everything else remains unchanged.

Since the frequency-domain solver uses an iterative method, there are a couple of things we can do to improve its convergence: (1) use a non-zero smoothing width for the CW source (default is 0) to reduce the high-frequency oscillations produced by its abrupt turn on (which have slow group velocities and are absorbed poorly by PML), and (2) increase the parameter of the BiCGSTAB-L iterative solver (default is 2).

We will compute the fundamental mode at five different tolerance values chosen on a logarithmic scale. We will then plot the L2 norm of the error in the fields as a function of the tolerance. The simulation script is shown below.

(define-param n 3.4)
(define-param w 1)
(define-param r 1)
(define-param pad 4)
(define-param dpml 2)

(define sxy (* 2 (+ r w pad dpml)))

(set! geometry-lattice (make lattice (size sxy sxy no-size)))

(set! geometry (list
                (make cylinder (center 0 0) (height infinity)
                               (radius (+ r w)) (material (make dielectric (index n))))
                (make cylinder (center 0 0) (height infinity)
                               (radius r) (material air))))

(set! pml-layers (list (make pml (thickness dpml))))
(set-param! resolution 10)

(define-param fcen 0.118)
(define-param df 0.08)
(set! sources (list
               (make source
                  (src (make continuous-src (frequency fcen) (fwidth df)))
                  (component Ez) (center (+ r 0.1) 0))))

(set! symmetries (list (make mirror-sym (direction Y))))

(set! force-complex-fields? true)

(define-param solve-cw-tol 1e-8)
(define-param solve-cw-maxiters 10000)
(define-param solve-cw-L 10)

(define (ez-mag r ez) (magnitude ez))

(meep-fields-solve-cw fields solve-cw-tol solve-cw-maxiters solve-cw-L)
(in-volume (volume (center 0 0) (size (- sxy (* 2 dpml)) (- sxy (* 2 dpml))))
           (output-real-field-function "ez-mag" (list Ez) ez-mag))


The results are shown in the figure below. The error in the fields decreases monotonically with decreasing tolerance of the frequency-domain solver. The inset shows the magnitude of the scalar Ez field, computed using a tolerance of 10-12, superimposed on the ring-resonator geometry. Note the three-fold mirror symmetry of the field pattern (fundamental mode) and the faint presence of the point source.