As our company name suggests, EM is a subject we have ample knowledge and experience working with. Specifically, our areas of expertise include the modeling and simulation of numerous electromagnetic applications and the optimization of electromagnetic algorithms on commodity hardware platforms.

The Role of EM: Technological Innovation

FastFDTD, Mach-Zehnder Interferometer

Whether naturally generated (i.e. solar radiation, lightning), or manmade (i.e. radio stations, cell phones, power lines), EM is all around us. Our offices, kitchens, and cars are all equipped with devices that rely on electromagnetic fields. EM comes into play every single time we turn a power switch on. The wireless communications revolution has EM at its very core. Voice and data information is transmitted and received via antennas. High frequency electronics, fiber optics, nanotechnology and almost every medical component on the market today require knowledge of electromagnetics.

Without a comprehensive understanding of electromagnetic fields, even the design of simple electronic components such as resistors, capacitors and inductors would not be possible. A complete understanding of electromagnetic field interaction, with matter at macroscopic as well as microscopic level, is also essential. In summary, most of the technological innovations we have seen in recent years are a result from the investigation, interpretation, and practical work done in EM — RF through the microwave and optical bands.

Our Research Work

For over 10 years, our engineers have done extensive research across the electromagnetic spectrum and, as a result, have developed a number of computational electromagnetic tools – EMPLab, PBGLab, and FastFDTD, to name a few. While our technology focus has shifted and we are no longer directing engineering resources towards the development of these existing software tools, we continue to offer R&D services to our customers.

Areas in which we can make a substantial contribution include:

  • Image processing
  • Nanophotonic device design and analysis
  • Photonic crystals devices and applications
  • Millimeter wave based components
  • High speed modulators
  • Optical analog to digital converters
  • Field Programmable Gate Arrays
  • Data mining and data fusion
  • Medical imaging technology
  • Biotechnology sensing applications
  • DNA genome sequencing
  • Chemical sensing application
  • Security and surveillance applications
  • Accelerated vector algebra operations


  • Fernando Ortiz, Peterson Curt, Eric Kelmelis, "Overview of techniques for improving millimeter wave imaging through advanced signal processing and their implementation in practical defense systems," SPIE Defense and Security, March 2008.
  • Kyle Spagnoli, Daniel Price, James Durbano, "An Accelerated Electromagnetic Scattering Solver Utilizing Shooting and Bouncing Rays on the GPU Platform," ACES Conference on Applied Computational Electromagnetics, April 2008.
  • Eric Kelmelis, Ahmed Sharkawy, Peng Yao, John Humphrey, Dennis Prather, "Modeling and Fabrication of Large-Area, Nano-Scale Optical Devices," (Invited Paper), SPIE Photonics West, January 2008.
  • Daniel Price, John Humphrey, Eric Kelmelis, "Accelerated Simulators for Nano-Photonic Devices," Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices, September 2007.
  • Fernando Ortiz, Eric Kelmelis, Petersen Curt, Keith Krapels, "Enhancing millimeter-wave data by adapting visible-range image processing techniques," (Invited Paper), SPIE Optics/Photonics in Security and Defense, September 2007.
  • Peng Yao, Shouyuan Shi, Ahmed Sharkawy, Eric Kelmelis, Dennis Prather, "Fabrication of Large Area Polymer-Based 3D Photonic Crystals," OSA Integrated Photonics and Nanophotonics Research and Applications Topical Meeting, July 2007.