Event-based simulation of light propagation in lossless dielectric media

Binh Trieu, Kristel Michielsen, Hans De Raedt*

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    We describe an event-based approach to simulate the propagation of an electromagnetic plane wave through dielectric media. The basic building block is a deterministic learning machine that is able to simulate a plane interface. We show that a network of two of such machines can simulate the propagation of light through a plane parallel plate. With properly chosen parameters this setup can be used as a beam splitter. The modularity of the simulation method is illustrated by constructing a Mach-Zehnder interferometer from plane parallel plates, the whole system reproducing the results of wave theory. A generalization of the event-based model of the plane parallel plate is also used to simulate a periodically stratified medium. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)726-734
    Number of pages9
    JournalComputer Physics Communications
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar-2011


    • Computer simulation
    • Event-by-event simulation
    • Interference
    • Optics

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