Ansys Lumerical: Photonics Simulation & Design Software

Simulating light’s interactions for the design of photonic components and systems

Ansys Lumerical’s comprehensive suite of photonics simulation and analysis tools offers component-level and system-level simulations to optimize performance, minimize physical prototyping costs and reduce time-to-market. Enhanced design flows enable designers with compact models calibrated to leading foundry processes.

Device and system level tools work together seamlessly allowing designers to model interacting optical, electrical, and thermal effects. Flexible interoperability between products enables a variety of workflows that combine device multiphysics and photonic circuit simulation with third-party design automation and productivity tools. Python-based automation and flows for building and using compact models support the industry’s leading foundries.

Device-level Tools

Use multiphysics-style simulation capabilities and workflows to model optical, electrical and thermal effects at the physical level.

System-level Tools

Simulate and optimize the performance of photonic integrated circuits and generate compact model libraries.


Ansys Lumerical FDTD

The gold-standard for modeling nanophotonic devices, processes, and materials. The integrated design environment provides scripting capability, advanced post-processing, and optimization routines.

Ansys Lumerical MODE

Whether you are working on fiber optics or integrated photonics, MODE has everything you need to get the most out of your waveguide and coupler designs.

Ansys Lumerical CHARGE

Built on the finite element drift-diffusion method, CHARGE provides designers with the correct tools for comprehensive charge transport simulation in active optoelectronic and photonic semiconductor device


Ansys Lumerical’s photonics simulation and design capabilities enable engineers to model nanophotonics devices, circuits, processes, and materials.

  • Circuit-level Simulation
  • Nanophotonic Component-Level Simulation
  • 3D CAD Environment with Post-Processing Capabilities
  • PDK Workflows
  • Automation and Scripting Support
  • Laser Workflows
  • Photonic Inverse Design with lumopt
  • Compact Model Generation

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