The concept of building block and circuit-model simulation in photonics
is presented and discussed, pointing out their key role in a generic foundry
approach. Circuit simulation based on building-block approach, in addition
and alternative to the classical electromagnetic analysis, emerges as the
most useful framework for a deep exploitation of the potentiality of photonics
for the large-scale integration of complex circuits. The reliability of building-block-based
design and simulation of photonics integrated circuits is discussed and comparisons
between simulated and measured behavior of three challenging test circuits
are used as proof of concept of the validity of this approach.
© 2012 IEEE
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