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4th ePIXfab Silicon Photonics

Design Course

8-12 June 2020, Ghent University (Belgium)

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Here you learn to make

your own

silicon photonics chips

What is covered in the course?

The Specialist Course on Silicon Photonics Design goes from ideation to chracterization of a working silicon photonics chip.

The course focusses on the process to translate a photonic circuit idea into a working chip, going from schematic design and circuit simulation to layout, routing and interactive design rule checking.

As part of the course, the participants get the opportunity to actually tape-out a design that will be fabricated with an e-beam prototyping service and characterized. Based on these results, the design can be improved and submitted to a wafer-scale multi-project-wafer run of which the participants will receive the final chips.

Who can benefit from it?

The hands-on course is designed for researchers and engineers with a fundamental understanding of photonic integrated circuits.

Key features of the course

Gain fundamental understanding of silicon photonics design

Circuits, components, simulation, layout, tape-outs, …

Five days hands-on design lab going all the way from idea to PIC

Get your silicon photonics design fabricated and have it characterized

Practical information

Course Instructor

Prof. Wim Bogaerts
Prof. Wim BogaertsGhent University - imec, Belgium

Content of the course

Introduction to the course
Design flow of silicon PICs
Circuit design and simulation (frequency and time domain)
Construction and simulating circuits
Introduction to Australian silicon photonics
Introducing the tape-outs and PDKs
Silicon photonics ecosystem
PCells, parametric and custom layout
Simulation models for components
Lean techniques in fabless environment and playing the “fab game”
Optical wavelength filters
Component design and electromagnetic simulation
Component designs, simulation and optimizations
CMOS process technology for photonics
Design rule checking
Project work and exercises
Design for manufacturability
Variablity and parasitics
Analysis of measurement data
Tape-out process and design verification
Data analysis and parameter extraction

Detailed program will be provided in March 2020

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