Course curriculum

  • 1

    Theory & Formulation (free content)

  • 2

    Implementation of Basic 2D FDTD in MATLAB (Prerequisite)

  • 3

    MATLAB Sessions

    • Incorporate Periodic Boundaries and a One-Way Source Using Total-Field/Scattered-Field

    • Add Function to Calculate Reflectance & Transmittance via Diffraction Efficiencies

    • Simulate Some Simple Things to Test Code

    • Simulate a Crazy Diffraction Grating

    • Post-Process the Data and Produce Professional Results

Course Prerequisite

This course builds upon the material presented in the 'Implementation of Basic 2D FDTD in MATLAB' course, which is offered as a separate class on this site. Please complete the Basic 2D FDTD course before purchasing this course. Refunds for this course will not be issued if the prerequiste course has not been previously completed.

Pricing options

The paid course grants you access to all course videos and instructional materials for one year from date of enrollment.


Founder of EMPossible and Professor at Univ. of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Raymond Rumpf

Dr. Raymond (Tipper) Rumpf is the EMProfessor, world renowned research and educator in the fields of computation and electromagnetics. He is the Schellenger Professor of Electrical Research in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the Director of the EM Lab. Dr. Rumpf formed the EM Lab with a mission to develop revolutionary technologies in electromagnetics and photonics. Under Dr. Rumpf’s leadership, the EM Lab has produced numerous breakthroughs, discoveries, and first-ever achievements. Raymond earned his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995 and 1997 respectively. He earned his PhD in Optics in 2006 from the University of Central Florida. Raymond has been awarded many research, mentoring, and teaching awards including the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, Most Outstanding Faculty Member in 2016/2017, and the highly prestigious University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Raymond holds five world records for skydiving and has been awarded more than a dozen United States patents. He is an Associate Editor for SPIE Optical Engineering, a Fellow of SPIE, and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is also a member of OSA, and ARRL. Raymond is active in outreach with local grade schools in El Paso as well as helping students in third-world countries.

Simulate Periodic Structures in 2D FDTD

Periodic structures like metamaterials, metasurfaces, photonic crystals and frequency selective surfaces are hot areas in electromagnetics. Take this course and learn how to simulate periodic structures using the powerful FDTD method.