CAD: Photon Design CrystalWave and OmniSim Design Tools

CAD: Photon Design CrystalWave and OmniSim Design Tools
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CRYSTALWAVE and OMNISIM are modeling tools from Photon Design which are offered as a software bundle from CMC.

CRYSTALWAVE is a design environment for the layout and design of integrated optics components. It supports Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD), Finite Element Frequency Domain (FEFD) and Finite Element Time Domain (FETD) simulators and includes a mask file generator specifically optimized for planar photonic crystal structures. It features a band structure analyzer employing plane-wave expansion (PWE), allowing you to calculate band diagrams and band surfaces (equifrequency curves) in 2D and 3D structures.

The FETD simulation engine is a new addition to the Photon Design tool suite, and offers significant advantages in the efficiency and accuracy of simulation of some structures. This includes an adaptive meshing capability (that can employ higher order elements in the finite-element mesh), enabling the tool to simulate slanted or curved interfaces with no staircase or materials averaging approximations and with significantly shorter convergence times.

OMNISIM is a design environment for the omni-directional layout and design of integrated optics components. It likewise supports FDTD, FEFD and FETD simulators.

More information about CRYSTALWAVE and OMNISIM is available at:

Note: Your software download includes all of the Photon Design manuals, as well as tutorials and example calculations to help you get started. These are installed directly in the Program Files directory on your computer.


Technical Details

Software Version 6.2.0
Operating System Linux, Windows 7, 8 and 10
Bit Level 32-bit, 64-bit
Software Access Download from CMC Microsystems
Software Access Key Via CMC Microsystems CADPass software
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What You Get

  • Faculty with a Professor Research Subscription receive access that allows you, your students, and your research staff to access CrystalWave and OmniSim Design software.
  • Five concurrent use instances per tool from the subscriber’s research team, to access a shared license pool.
  • Access for one year 


Licensing Requirements or Restrictions

  • Access is authorized within the geographic boundaries of Canada only.
  • Use of this design tool is restricted to university research only.
  • Access to the software license keys is limited to clients, graduate students, and research staff.
  • Any NDN university Professor Research subscriber is authorized to access this product.

    Contact our Licensing Administrator at 613-530-4787 or, for more information.

Acknowledging CMC

If your research benefits from products and services provided by CMC Microsystems, please acknowledge this support in any publications about your work. For more information, please visit Acknowledge CMC.