Educator Resources

False-color scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the cross section of a hybrid silicon/compound-semiconductor photonic integrated circuit (PIC)

False-color scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the cross section of a hybrid silicon/compound-semiconductor photonic integrated circuit (PIC), courtesy of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

AIM Photonics Academy offers materials for educators to use in their courses, seminars, and other educational offerings.

Teaching packages are available in modular units that can be used in whatever way benefits instructors and students - a few questions and solutions can be used, whole modules can be inserted into a course, modules can be scaled up into more in-depth course content, or stacked together to create a course or a more comprehensive overview of several topics. Teaching packages include elements such as a syllabus, readings, content slides, questions/solutions for homework assignments or quizzes, instructor notes, and assessments.

In addition, AIM Photonics Academy produces a podcast (forthcoming) and webinars that draw upon AIM Photonics activities and technical projects to articulate various findings from the Roadmap and Workforce needs assessment research. Content from these offerings can contribute directly or indirectly to instructor course preparation.

Below are useful books/materials that have been created outside of AIM Photonics Academy.  

Undergraduate and beyond:

Dr. Lukas Chrostowsky published Silicon Photonics Design: From Devices to Systems in 2015, which offers a hands-on introduction to silicon photonics engineering.

Undergraduate and community college: 

Dr. Anca Sala in 2016 published ten modules (e-reader) through OP-TEC for community colleges students seeking an introduction to optics and integrated photonics.  The textbook version can be found here.

Dr. Judith Donnelly and Dr. Nicholas Massa published the textbook Light: Introduction to Optics and Photonics in 2008.  

K-12: 

The University of California, Santa Barbara developed this hands-on activity for middle school students and their families that provides an introduction to photonics.  The activity was developed by a middle school teacher and industry volunteer with a PhD in electrical engineering.

 

Any use of AIM Photonics Academy teaching packages content must be acknowledged by including a reference to both the package authors and to AIM Photonics Academy.

Example citation:  Adapted from Integrated Silicon Photonics Teaching Package, J.Michel, AIM Photonics Academy, url (http://aimacademy-r1.mit.edu/education/educator-resources/teaching-packages).