RSoft intros Photonic Component Design Suite 8.1

AUGUST 6, 2008 -- New features include an updated Material Editor and database, a Solar Cell Utility, and a Multi-Physics Utility that can include effects from electrodes, heaters, stress, and carrier effects.

AUGUST 6, 2008 -- RSoft Design Group (search for RSoft) has introduced the RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite 8.1. New features include an updated Material Editor and database, a Solar Cell Utility, and a Multi-Physics Utility that can include effects from electrodes, heaters, stress, and carrier effects. The new features and options will greatly enhance photonic design applications, including emerging photovoltaic thin film and polymer technologies, according to the company.

RSoft points to an updated Material Editor and database where complex material models can be created as a highlight of the Component Design Suite. The database contains several built-in materials, but also allows users to add custom user-defined materials. These materials can be shared between multiple design files and different users to further simplify the design process.

Version 8.1 includes several new additional utilities such as a Solar Cell Utility, which simplifies the design and optimization of solar cell geometries. The simulation of the absorption spectra of the device is performed either with RSoft Design Group's FullWAVE or DiffractMOD simulation packages. The new utility computes device performance information such as J-V curves, quantum efficiency vs. wavelength, shadowing, and overall cell efficiency. Other new options include a new Multi-Physics Utility that incorporates the effects of electrodes, heaters, stress, and carrier effects on the refractive index profile used in simulation. Each of these utilities can be obtained separately.

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