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NeurOLight: A Physics-Agnostic Neural Operator Enabling Parametric Photonic Device Simulation
Jiaqi Gu · Zhengqi Gao · Chenghao Feng · Hanqing Zhu · Ray Chen · Duane Boning · David Pan

Thu Dec 01 02:00 PM -- 04:00 PM (PST) @ Hall J #201

Optical computing has become emerging technology in next-generation efficient artificial intelligence (AI) due to its ultra-high speed and efficiency. Electromagnetic field simulation is critical to the design, optimization, and validation of photonic devices and circuits.However, costly numerical simulation significantly hinders the scalability and turn-around time in the photonic circuit design loop. Recently, physics-informed neural networks were proposed to predict the optical field solution of a single instance of a partial differential equation (PDE) with predefined parameters. Their complicated PDE formulation and lack of efficient parametrization mechanism limit their flexibility and generalization in practical simulation scenarios. In this work, for the first time, a physics-agnostic neural operator-based framework, dubbed NeurOLight, is proposed to learn a family of frequency-domain Maxwell PDEs for ultra-fast parametric photonic device simulation. Specifically, we discretize different devices into a unified domain, represent parametric PDEs with a compact wave prior, and encode the incident light via masked source modeling. We design our model to have parameter-efficient cross-shaped NeurOLight blocks and adopt superposition-based augmentation for data-efficient learning. With those synergistic approaches, NeurOLight demonstrates 2-orders-of-magnitude faster simulation speed than numerical solvers and outperforms prior NN-based models by ~54% lower prediction error using ~44% fewer parameters.

Author Information

Jiaqi Gu (The University of Texas at Austin)
Zhengqi Gao (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Chenghao Feng (University of Texas, Austin)
Hanqing Zhu (University of Texas, Austin)
Ray Chen (University of Texas, Austin)
Duane Boning (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
David Pan (University of Texas, Austin)

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