Event Dates
From: 06/03/2024 12:00
To: 06/03/2024 14:00
External Speaker
Prof. Ivo Vellekoop (Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86566243560?pwd=Sk4reTJ5ZU9ZL0NPQnNGd29XRXFuZz09

Simulating wave propagation in complex structures can be extremely computationally expensive, taking hours, days or even weeks. In addition, many of the commonly used techniques suffer from accumulating errors called numerical dispersion, which can cause a relative error of 100% after propagating a few dozen of wavelengths already.

WAVESIM is a new approach that is both orders of magnitude faster and orders of magnitude more accurate than commonly used finite difference and pseudospectral time domain methods. WAVESIM does not use any finite difference approximations and thus does not duffer from numerical dispersion. Our method is based on the infinite Born series known in scattering physics. Unlike the original Born series, however, our method is guaranteed to converge monotonically to the correct answer.

I will introduce the basic idea of our method, and discuss its strengths and limitations. In addition, I will show some examples of how to use our user-friendly MATLAB code to perform simulations of the Helmholtz and Maxwell’s equations. Our open source code can use the CPU, or use the MATLAB-provided GPU acceleration. Recently, in collaboration with RayFos Ltd, WAVESIM now includes customized CUDA acceleration that provides an additional 80% speedup of the simulations.

With WAVESIM, simulations that took hours now take minutes. We invite you to come to the seminar and to try the open source code yourself. We are currently looking for collaborators and users, and we are happy to help you get started with our software.