MIT Photonic Bands

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MIT Photonic Bands
Computes photonic band structures

MIT Photonic Bands (MPB) computes the band structures (dispersion relations) and electromagnetic modes of periodic dielectric structures, and is applicable both to photonic crystals (photonic band-gap materials) and other optical problems. Its features include: fully-vectorial, 3D computations; a flexible user-interface based upon the GNU Guile scripting language; output in HDF format; and iterative, targeted eigensolver methods to address very large problems by solving for only a few states near a specified frequency.


User manual available from; user tutorial available from and from; developer's guide available from


version 1.5 (stable)
released on 28 March 2014

Consulting available from Prof. John D. Joannopoulos at 1-617-253-4806 (phone) or 1-617-253-2563 (fax).




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Janet Casey

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11 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Steven G. Johnson Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

Required to uselibctl 2.2 or later
Weak prerequisiteFFTW
Weak prerequisiteGuile
Weak prerequisiteHDF (see
Weak prerequisiteLAPACK
Weak prerequisiteBLAS

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 1 March 2017.


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