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Summer Short Course Series

Integrated Photonics Circuits

2021 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 photonic integrated 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.

The first week of the course covers the fundamentals of optical waveguides, how they can be used to create passive and active components for photonic integrated circuits, and the application of photonic integrated circuits to sensing. The second week of the course will teach students how to design, model, and generate a layout of photonic integrated circuits. The course starts from individual waveguides and waveguide bends all the way to a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The students will learn to use a commercial software package and learn the basic aspects of computer-aided design of integrated photonics circuits.


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 7, Monday

Waveguide Theory, Professor Govind Agrawal (Rochester)

June 8, Tuesday

Passive Devices, Professor Govind Agrawal (Rochester)

June 9, Wednesday

PIC Sensors, Professor Ben Miller (Rochester)

June 10, Thursday

Active Devices, Professor S. Preble (RIT)

June 11, Friday

Design Basics, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 14, Monday

Design Basics, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 15, Tuesday

Advance Design, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 16, Wednesday

Advanced Design, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 17, Thursday

Generating PIC CAD, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)

June 18, Friday

Modeling Si Modulator, Professor Jaime Cardenas (Rochester)