The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

SC454 - Hands-on: Introduction to Silicon Photonics Circuit Design

Sunday, 11 March
09:00 - 13:00

Short Course Level: Intermediate

Instructor: Wim Bogaerts, University of Gent, Belgium

Short Course Description:

In this course, we start hands-on with circuit design in silicon photonics. As technology gets better, the emphasis in photonic design is gradually shifting from component design to circuit design. We compose hierarchical circuits from libraries of basic building blocks, use parametric circuit models and simulation in frequency domain and time domain, and generate a circuit layout. We look into the effects of variability on circuit performance using Monte-Carlo simulations. We will use an on-line learning environment based on Jupyter python notebooks powered by Luceda Photonics’s IPKISS design tools. Through this course, the participants will become familiar with the overall design flow, and acquire an awareness of important do’s and don’t’s in photonic circuit design, especially in a high-contrast system such as silicon photonics. The end point of the course is the design of a simple passive circuit.  

Short Course Benefits:

Short Course Audience:

The course is aimed at researchers and engineers who are starting in integrated photonics, or want to scale up from component design to a more circuit-like methodologies. Familiarity with basic concepts of photonic integrated circuits (waveguides, directional couplers, …) is required.

Instructor Biography:

Wim Bogaerts is professor in Silicon Photonics at Ghent University and IMEC, Belgium. He pioneered wafer-scale fabrication of silicon photonics, and his current research focuses on the challenges for large-scale photonic circuits, including design challenges such as variability. He co-founded Luceda Photonics in 2014 to market the design tools developed at Ghent University and IMEC. Today, he is again a full-time academic researcher, and a grant holder of the European Research Council (ERC).

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