Simphony allows you to define photonic circuits, then run fast simulations on them, all in Python.
Simphony is free and open-source
Runs on Windows, MacOS, and Linux
Uses a SPICE-like method for defining photonic circuits
Subnetwork growth algorithms, giving 20x speedup over other photonic modeling software
Includes libraries for circuit components (known as models)
Provides a simple framework for defining new models
To install Simphony, simply use the following in a Python 3 environment:
pip install simphony
There are also prebuilt releases available on GitHub.
We recommend installing two libraries, matplotlib and SiPANN, alongside Simphony. Matplotlib provides a way to visualize the results from your simulations, and SiPANN provides additional models for use in your circuits. View the links for installation instructions and find out more.
To get started using Simphony, check out Introduction to Simphony. Tutorials and API references are accessible through the sidebar navigation.
Simphony is primarily developed and maintained by members of the CamachoLab at Brigham Young University. Feedback is welcome: if you find errors or have suggestions for the Simphony project, let us know by raising an issue on Github. If you want to contribute, even better! See Contributing to Simphony to learn how.
Citing this work
S. Ploeg, H. Gunther and R. M. Camacho, “Simphony: An Open-Source Photonic Integrated Circuit Simulation Framework,” in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 65-74, 1 Jan.-Feb. 2021, doi: 10.1109/MCSE.2020.3012099.