Mapping the global design space of nanophotonic components using machine learning pattern recognition

Daniele Melati, Yuri Grinberg, Mohsen Kamandar Dezfouli, Siegfried Janz, Pavel Cheben, Jens H. Schmid, Alejandro Sánchez-Postigo and Dan-Xia Xu

Jul 15, 2019

Date Received: 24th June 19

Nanophotonics finds ever broadening applications requiring complex component designs with a large number of parameters to be simultaneously optimized.  Recent methodologies employing optimization algorithms commonly focus on a single design objective, provide isolated designs, and do not describe how the design parameters influence the device behaviour. Here we propose and demonstrate a machine-learning-based approach to map and characterize the multi-parameter design space of nanophotonic components. Pattern recognition is used to reveal the relationship between an initial sparse set of optimized designs through a significant reduction in the number of characterizing parameters. This defines a design sub-space of lower dimensionality that can be mapped faster by orders of magnitude than the original design space. As a result, multiple performance criteria are clearly visualized, revealing the interplay of the design parameters, highlighting performance and structural limitations, and inspiring new design ideas.  This global perspective on high-dimensional design problems represents a major shift in how modern nanophotonic design is approached and provides a powerful tool to explore complexity in next-generation devices.

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