Photonic Integrated Circuits 1 (edX)

Photonic Integrated Circuits 1 (edX)
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A background in silicon photonics, fiber optics, or III-V semiconductors is recommended, but not required. Proficiency in linear algebra and calculus will enhance understanding of design concepts.
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Photonic Integrated Circuits 1 (edX)
A deep-dive into fabless photonics design: master industry software to model, simulate, layout, and error-check a photonic integrated circuit for high-tech applications; create a verified submission to the world-class AIM Photonics fabrication facility.

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Photonics Integrated Circuits (PICs) are analogs to the computer microprocessor chip, poised to partner light-manipulating optical devices and transistor-based electronics for a vast array of modern applications in cloud computing, high-speed mobile wireless, smart sensing, augmented imaging, and quantum communications. PIC circuits create, guide, sort, and read information as signals of light, routed through a dizzying maze of hundreds of devices packed in an area about a millimeter on its side.

How can you design a circuit brimming with so much device density and interconnectedness, all by yourself? How can you do this design reliably, time and time again? How do you ensure your circuit is consistent with the design of others, so that you can both interpret each other’s chip architectures and applications?

Welcome to fabless photonics, the new paradigm for designing high-fidelity PICs.

This course introduces you to PIC design using a standardized Process Design Kit (PDK) library as your builders’ rulebook, and Electronic Photonic Design Automation (EPDA) software as your architecture tools. You’ll be guided through a step-by-step sequence giving you mastery to

- model silicon photonic devices;

- simulate a PIC;

- layout the PIC chip; and

- Design Rule Check (DRC) to revise layout into a final blueprint for PIC fabrication.

The course concludes with the creation of a verified “tape-out” design blueprint, ready for potential submission to a Multi-Project Wafer run at the AIM Photonics Institute—the world’s leading 300mm fabrication facility for high performance silicon PICs.

The course is structured around the design of a basic transceiver, and starts off with an overview of fabless PIC design followed by a review of passive photonic devices (waveguides, bends, splitters/combiners, interferometers). You’re then walked through the process of designing the transceiver chip with a focus on two active devices (electro-optic modulator, photodetector). The course highlights device compact models as the PDK methodology for flexible simulation and layout of PIC chip designs, and rigorously trains you in EPDA industry-standard software from Synopsys, Lumerical, Mentor Graphics, and the freeware KLayout.

The course runs for an initial three weeks of instruction (self-paced video lectures, homework, design project milestones, and a weekly synchronous webinar); followed by a two-week hiatus during which verified learners continue to have cloud access to the Design Center; and concludes with a final three weeks of instruction. Verified learners may elect to create a nominal PIC circuit design project in tandem with course instruction; or propose their own original circuit design (compatible with the AIM Education PDK component library), subject to instructor approval.

Completion of the course shows your professional engineer-level design aptitude in fabless integrated photonics, for leading edge industrial applications poised to transform modern manufacturing and the global economy in the next two decades.


What you'll learn

- An in-depth exposure to the AIM Photonics Education PDK and its design guides.

- Proficiency in EPDA software and how to assess your future design software needs.

- How to model photonic devices, and create compact models for them.

- How to simulate, layout, and DRC-check a PIC.

- How to create modular building blocks and address performance trade-offs in fabless circuit design.



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Course Auditing
47.00 EUR
A background in silicon photonics, fiber optics, or III-V semiconductors is recommended, but not required. Proficiency in linear algebra and calculus will enhance understanding of design concepts.

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