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Summer Short Course Series

Integrated Photonics Circuits (with Labs)

2020 Course Description

Please note: The course descriptions and instructors listed below are NOT final, it is possible that circumstances beyond our control could necessitate alterations.

Target Audience

This course is targeted for students, researchers, and engineers in industry, who want to learn both the fundamental and applied aspects of integrated photonics circuits.


In this course you will learn integrated photonic devices from fundamentals to device layout. You will learn, hands-on, how to design a photonic integrated circuit and create a layout suitable for fabrication at a professional foundry using Synopsys Software. Finally, you’ll learn about testing techniques and apply these concepts to test a photonic device fabricated at AIM Photonics.

The first day of the course will cover fundamentals of optical waveguides and how they can be used to fabricate passive components needed for integrated photonics circuits such as directional couplers and micro-ring resonators. The second day will focus on the active devices such as modulators. The students will also learn to use a commercial software package and learn the basic aspects of computer-aided design of integrated photonics circuits. The third day of the course will cover advanced aspect of the circuit designs and introduce the concept of circuit layout. Students will work on a design project and learn about device testing during the fourth day. The last day will be devoted to testing the designs and students will be taken to a silicon photonics testing laboratory located at Rochester Institute of Technology.


Familiarity with optics and electromagnetics is a prerequisite. It is assumed that each attendee has taken a course on physical optics or electromagnetic theory in the past. However, no previous knowledge of integrated photonics or optical waveguides is required.


June 8, Monday

Waveguide Theory, Professor Govind Agrawal (Rochester)

June 9, Tuesday

Passive Devices, Professor Govind Agrawal (Rochester)

June 10, Wednesday

Active Devices, Professor S. Preble (RIT)

June 11, Thursday

PIC Sensors, Professor Ben Miller (Rochester)

June 12, Friday

Design Basics, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 15, Monday morning

Design Basics, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 15, Monday afternoon

Advance Design, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 16, Tuesday

Advanced Design, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 17, Wednesday

Photonic Circuit Simulation, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 18, Thursday

Generating PIC CAD, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 19, Friday

Modeling Si Modulator, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)