NEW: Comprehensive computational science and engineering book now available here.
The Nortel Laboratory for Advanced Optical Systems, located in Room 234, Physics Building at the University of Waterloo was established in July 2004. Current research, now performed in collaboration with CIENA, concentrates on efficient procedures for analyzing statistically unlikely quantities such as random bit errors, measurement techniques for communication systems with emphasis on very high-speed measurements of polarization activity and polarization mode delay in optical communication components and theoretical and numerical models of polarization evolution. Under the overall direction of David Yevick, Professor of Physics, the laboratory delivers practical, innovative and leading-edge solutions to industry while developing general physical and mathematical results and techniques that can be employed in wide areas of applied physics.
Additional work carried out before 2004 included studies of electromagnetic field propagation in passive and active optical waveguides and devices and physical processes such as carrier recombination in optoelectronic devices.
This website contains an overview of the previous research carried out by David Yevick's group, a comprehensive list of our publications, the students currently involved in our projects, references to our computational physics textbook and to our courses and contact information.
Beam Propagation (Wave Propagation) Presentation: An overview of some older work on beam propagation by David Yevick and his coworkers and students can be found here. Detailed discussions of these results can be found by consulting the publication list here.
Multicanonical and Transition Method Presentation: A sample of our work on of the multicanonical and transition matrix procedures can be found here. Again, details are available from the above publication list. An introduction to our implementation of multicanonical methods can also be found in our science and engineering textbook here and here.
Muller Matrix Formalism of Polarization Mode Dispersion: Several contributions to the application of modern operator techniques to polarization mode dispersion and polarization dependent loss are summarized in our graduate student Michael Reimer's thesis here.
For David Yevick's personal home page, see here.