Description of the organisation

ETH Zürich is a world renowned technical university which was founded in 1855. Key figures are: approximately 19 000 students, 21 affiliated nobel prize winners and an annual budget of approximately 1.7 billion Swiss Francs. The Institute of Electromagnetic Fields (IEF) is part of the department Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

The IEF performs research on wave and particle characteristics of electromagnetic fields at all frequencies.Of particular interest are fields in the optical, terahertz and microwave regime. Among other applications the institute has a strong background in applied photonics, plasmonics and photovoltaics. The IEF works on theoretical aspects, performs numerical simulations, designs, fabricates and characterizes new components. The institute has its own software library and it has strong relations with state-of-the art labs at ETHZ and as well at IBM Rüschlikon.

Within MMAMA, ETHZ will develop a solver for SMM tips on semiconductors under different illumination conditions. The in-house software library will be used to run experiments on the coupling of Maxwell’s equations and drift diffusion equations and Bloch’s equations.

Significant infrastructure / major items of technical equipment

The suggested project will be carried out as a theoretical simulation work by using the following selfdeveloped simulation tools available at the IEF:

  • Virtual Electromagnetic Lab, FEM based vector 2-D and 3-D Maxwell solver developed by Prof. Smajic and his students and employees.
  • OpenMax, MMP based 2-D and 3–D Maxwell solver developed by Prof. Hafner and his students and employees.

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Main publications related to the project

  • [1] J. Smajic, M. Bucher, R. Christen, Z. Tanasic, “DG-FEM for Time Domain H-Φ Eddy-Current Analysis”, Accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, January 2017.
  • [2] J. Smajic, Ch. Hafner, J. Leuthold, “Coupled FEM-MMP for Computational Electromagnetics”, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 7207704, March 2016.
  • [3] J. Smajic, Ch. Hafner, “Numerical Analysis of a SNOM Tip based on a Partially Cladded Optical Fiber”, Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 23140-23152, October 2011.
  • [4] Ch. Hafner, J. Smajic, “Eigenvalue Analysis of Lossy Dispersive Waveguides”, Journal of Modern Optics, Vol. 58, No. 5, pp. 467-479, March 2011.
  • [5] J. Smajic, Ch. Hafner, L. Raguin, K. Tavzarashvili, M. Mishrikey, “Comparison of Numerical Methods for the Analysis of Plasmonic Structures”, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 763-774, 2009.

Key people involved

Prof. Dr. Jasmin Smajic (male) is an electrical engineer with a PhD (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb) in computational electrodynamics. Since 2007 he is a lecturer at ETHZ and
since 2011 he is a professor of electrical engineering at the university of applied sciences in Rapperswil (Switzerland). He has >15 years of experience in solving electromagnetic problems and developing solvers for electromagnetic problems. He developed an in-house library to test new solver techniques and he contributed to the development of the OpenMax code, a multiple multipole solver for electromagnetic problems