Summer Short Course Series

Integrated Photonics II

Target audience

This course is targeted for students, researchers, and people in industry, who want to learn how to model and design silicon photonic components and circuits.


This short course teaches participants how to design silicon photonic integrated circuits (PICs), and have a PIC that they designed actually fabricated and characterized.  Numerous companies are presently developing products in applications such as short-reach optical interconnects for data centres.  Waveguides, splitters, and interferometers are fundamental components to such circuits, and we will study and design them.

We will go through a step-by-step design methodology to design a Mach-Zehnder Interferometer, photonic component modeling (waveguide, directional couplers, Y-branches), circuit modeling including analytic and numerical modeling, manufacturing variability analysis, layout for fabrication, and finally, experimental data analysis.

Participants will go in the lab and test existing silicon photonic chips.  This will include learning how to align a chip, measure the insertion loss, and conduct a wavelength sweep.

During the course, students will submit their designs, which will be fabricated by a state-of-the-art rapid-prototyping 100 keV electron-beam lithography facility at the University of Washington. All designs will be tested using an automated optical probe station at the University of British Columbia, and optionally in-person at RTI, and the data will be provided to the participants. Participants will then analyze their experimental data.

Software and computer requirements

Temporary licenses to Lumerical Solutions and open-source tools will be provided during the short-course to complete the design cycle.

Participants shall bring their own laptop computers, with the required software pre-installed.  Licenses and instructions for installing Lumerical Solutions MODE, FDTD, and INTERCONNECT, and mask layout software, will be provided prior to the course.


Integrated Photonics I, or equivalent knowledge.  

Specifically, familiarity with optics and electromagnetics is a prerequisite, as well as general knowledge of photonic integrated circuits.  No previous silicon photonic design experience is required.


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