The port and node system¶
One of the key structural improvements made to Finesse is the introduction of a flexible port and node system. This system underpins the code structure of Finesse as all couplings and interactions are performed via ports and nodes of components.
Port in Finesse 3 is fundamentally similar to the definition of a node in
Finesse 2; i.e. it represents a point of connections between components in a model.
Each port then has single or multiple nodes. There are three types of ports/nodes in
Finesse 3, Optical, Electrical, and Mechanical (see
NodeType) - Finesse 2
only had optical which limited the type of simulations that were possible. Nodes
Node) at each port always have the same type as the port itself. Each node
represents a state of the optomechanical system we are modelling. Mathematically this
means that each node corresponds to a particular linear equation in the linear set of
equations that describe the behaviour of the system we are modelling.