Integrated information technology for the optical simulation and the function/production oriented design of spatial optomechatronic assemblies

Third Party Funds Group - Sub project

Overall project details

Overall project: FOR 1660: Optical Design and Interconnection Technology for Assembly-Integrated Bus Systems

Overall project speaker:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Franke (Lehrstuhl für Fertigungsautomatisierung und Produktionssystematik)

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Norbert Lindlein

Project members:
Carsten Backhaus
Florian Loosen

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Optik)

Funding source: DFG - Forschergruppen
Acronym: FOR 1660
Start date: 01/11/2014
End date: 31/12/2017

Research Fields

Optical Design
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Optik)

Abstract (technical / expert description):

So far, there is no software for the design as well as for the affiliated optical simulation of spatially structured, optomechatronic assemblies. Within the research group Optaver, this deficit should be eliminated by regarding the production processes of the other subprojects and their design rules for the above mentioned assemblies.The applicant Prof. Franke enhances the program MIDCAD which supports the layout process for spatial electronic assemblies, so called 3-D molded interconnect devices (3D-MID). The first step is to check and, if necessary, to increase the accuracy of the face representation in MIDCAD. In particular, the closure of smallest gaps within the size of waveguides is a requirement for the representation of optomechatronic assemblies. The characteristic designs of the other subprojects will be modeled in MIDCAD. Special attention will be paid to the analysis and description of signal paths und the parameters of production processes. Thus the MID product model can be extended with an optical partial model containing characteristic values of materials, optical variables of signal transmission, efficiency of coupling, process parameters and standard design elements. Within the scope of the research group, bidirectional data transfers to the subprojects 1 to 5 will be established.The applicant Prof. Lindlein has developed over many years the ray optical simulation tool RAYTRACE which allows the simulation of quite arbitrary three-dimensionally structured optical systems. Since most projects of Optaver will fabricate and use highly multimode wave guides ray optics based simulation methods are valid. Hereby, also the temporal behavior of the propagation of a signal has to be treated. Therefore, the dispersion due to the different spatial modes has to be taken into account. Additionally, an approach based on non-sequential ray tracing is necessary since the order of the surfaces of the optical system, which are hit by a ray, depends itself on the spatial mode. During the project it is also planned to identify repeating subsystems in typical 3DMIDs. Then, design strategies can be integrated into MIDCAD without performing a concrete numerical ray optical simulation since the results of such a simulation were determined before and stored in a data base.A further, import goal of this subproject is the data exchange between the software tools MIDCAD and RAYTRACE. This exchange should contain analytical description of faces, calculations of damping, signal run times and impulse answers. The transfer will be manually executed at the beginning, but later on the exchange of files respectively even the integration of the source codes is planned.

FAU Key Research Priorities
Optics and Optical Technologies


Reitberger, T., Zeitler, J., Backhaus, C., Hoffmann, G.-A., Wienke, A., Lorenz, L.,... Franke, J. (2019). Modeling, Simulation and Manufacturing of Polymer Optical Waveguides by Using the OPTAVER Process. In Proceedings of the Applied Industrial Optics: Spectroscopy, Imaging and Metrology 2019.
Backhaus, C., Loosen, F., Vögl, C., Mansuroglu, R., & Lindlein, N. (2018). Anwendung von Beam-Propagation-Method und Wave-Propagation-Method zur Simulation innovativ gedruckter Lichtwellenleiter. In DGaO Proceedings 2018. Aalen, DE.
Reitberger, T., Franke, J., Loosen, F., & Lindlein, N. (2017). Important Parameters of Printed Polymer Optical Waveguides (POWs) in Simulation and Fabrication. In Proc. SPIE 10098, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXV, 100981B (February 22, 2017). San Francisco: SPIE.
Lorenz, L., Nieweglowski, K., Wolter, K.-J., Loosen, F., Lindlein, N., & Bock, K. (2017). Optical Beam Propagation and Ray Tracing Simulation of Interruption-Free Asymmetric Multimode Bus Couplers. Journal of Microelectronics and Electronic Packaging, 14(1), 1-10.
Zeitler, J., Reichle, A., Franke, J., Loosen, F., Backhaus, C., & Lindlein, N. (2016). Computer-Aided Design and Simulation of Spatial Opto-Mechatronic Interconnect Devices. In Proceedings of the 26th CIRP Design Conference, 2016 (pp. 727-732). Elsevier.
Loosen, F., Backhaus, C., Lindlein, N., Zeitler, J., & Franke, J. (2016). Design and simulation rules for printed optical waveguides with implemented scattering methods in CAD and raytracing software. In Proceeding, 117. DGaO-Jahrestagung. Hannover: DGaO.
Loosen, F., Backhaus, C., Lindlein, N., Zeitler, J., & Franke, J. (2016). Implementation of a Scattering Method for Rough Surfaces in a Raytracing Software linked with a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Toolbox. In Frontiers in Optics 2016, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2016), paper FW3H.2. Rochester: OSA.
Loosen, F., Backhaus, C., Lindlein, N., Zeitler, J., & Franke, J. (2015). Concepts for the design and optimization process of printed polymer-based optical waveguides (scattering processes). In Proceeding, 4th doctoral students conference on optics (DoKDoK). Eisenach: Abbe School of Photonics.

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