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MPB is a free and open-source software package for computing the band structures, or dispersion relations, and electromagnetic modes of periodic dielectric structures, on both serial and parallel computers. MPB is an acronym for MIT Photonic Bands. MPB computes definite-frequency eigenstates, or harmonic modes, of Maxwell's equations in periodic dielectric structures for arbitrary wavevectors, using fully-vectorial and three-dimensional methods. It is applicable to many problems in optics, such as waveguides and resonator systems, and photonic crystals.

Environment Modules

Run module spider mpb to find out what environment modules are available for this application.

System Variables

  • HPC_MPB_DIR - installation directory
  • HPC_MPB_BIN - exectuable directory


If you publish research that uses mpb you have to cite it as follows:

Steven G. Johnson and J. D. Joannopoulos, Block-iterative frequency-domain methods for Maxwell's equations in a planewave basis, Optics Express 8, no. 3, 173-190 (2001).