Christopher Boucher

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Christopher Boucher is a lead developer at COMSOL. He received his BS degree in aerospace engineering and physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) before joining COMSOL in 2012.

FIGURE 1. Scattering of light by a gold nanoparticle embedded in a substrate. The finite element mesh is also shown.

Multiscale optical simulations pose unique challenges

Aug. 16, 2021
Simulation is used for design, optimization, and diagnostics in diverse applications including optical fibers, lasers, smartphones, and autonomous vehicles. However, optical simulation...
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FIGURE 1. A Petzval lens, shown here in a ray diagram, includes (from left to right) a first focusing lens, the aperture stop, a second focusing lens, a field-flattening lens, and the image plane.
Optics & Design

Ray-tracing Software: Structural-thermal-optical performance analysis: The quintessential multiphysics model

Feb. 1, 2019
Optical ray tracing software reveals temperature effects by performing a coupled analysis of a lens system’s structural, thermal, and optical performance.
FIGURE 1. Light propagates clockwise (dashed line) and counterclockwise (solid line) along the edge of a circle, which is also rotating.

Modeling Software: Understanding the Sagnac effect through ray optics simulation

Aug. 1, 2018
Rotation effects on laser ring gyroscopes and other rotating optical devices can now be straightforwardly modeled.