The Lorentz-Drude model in (43) is in the frequency domain. However, FDTD is a time
domain method and therefore would be suitable for broadband simulations. We need
to transform (43) to time domain so that FDTD can handle the fullwave-analysis for
the Lorentz-Drude material. This transformation to time domain is accomplished by
using the Polarization philosophy within Maxwell’s equation. The Lorentz-Drude
model in time domain can be expressed:

FDTD - equations 44 - 45

FDTD - equation 46

The FDTD algorithm can be derived based on the above equation.

Lorentz-Drude model user interface in OptiFDTD

FDTD - Figure 7 Lorentz-Drude material definition data entry interface

Figure 7: Lorentz-Drude material definition data entry interface


  • S = Strength of the corresponding resonance terms
  • P (rad/s) = Plasma frequency
  • R (rad/s) = Resonant frequency
  • D (rad/s) = Collision frequency (or damping factor )