The Finite-Difference-Time-Domain (FDTD) method is a numerical method that calculates electric fields or magnetic fields by interleaving them in space and time. Using a python package called “MEEP”, I was able to write optical simulations of ultrafast experiments, especially the Terahertz Pump-Probe experiments. The goal of this project was to use FDTD simulation to measure the transmission of an electro-magnetic pulse passing through a thin film of conducting material on a dielectric substrate in order to study the characteristic conductivity of potential solar cell materials.
"Finite-Difference-Time-Domain Simulation of Ultrafast Experiments,"
Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy: Vol. 10:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/mjpa/vol10/iss1/6