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MIT Photonic Bands
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


Download 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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GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey11 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Steven G. Johnson Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite BLAS
Required to use libctl 2.2 or later
Weak prerequisite FFTW
Weak prerequisite Guile
Weak prerequisite HDF (see
Weak prerequisite LAPACK

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


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