Online Courses

Online courses:

Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC): Sensors  Have you wondered how a PIC sensor works? In this new course, Dr. Agarwal (MIT) and Prof. Hu (MIT) examine the basics of photonics chem-bio sensing components and techniques. They provide learners with insights to lay a foundation for them to envision their own PIC sensors. Students will learn to make judicious decisions regarding wavelengths, materials platforms, light sources, spectrometers, and photodetector solutions based on their desired application. The course includes a diverse line-up of invited leading-edge PIC sensor experts from around the world, who review critical metrics for designing photonics sensing systems. This six-week asynchronous course will be released in spring 2021.




Integrated Circuits Testing: Passive Devices Prof. Hu (MIT) reviews test characterization methods for passive integrated photonics components, including fiber-to-chip coupling schemes, waveguides, spirals, Mach Zehnder Interferometers, Y-splitters, ring resonators, and directional couplers. Waveguide characterization will focus on loss and dispersion measurements, and examine wavelength and polarization dependencies.  Prof. Jaime Cardenas (U of Rochester) will offer his expertise in Design for Manufacturing (DfM) and testing at a wafer-scale. Anu Agarwal (MIT) will demonstrate a specific testing application. This three-week asynchronous course will be released in spring 2021.




Fundamentals of Integrated Photonics Prof. Kimerling and Dr. Saini introduce 21st century technology drivers for datacom, RF wireless, sensing, and imaging applications, that require uniquely integrated photonics chip solutions. The instructors review the fundamentals of light-matter interaction and optical confinement, and examine basic chip device components as examples of PIC design engineering principles. This six-week asynchronous course will be released in spring 2021.



Milos Popovic

Design of Microring Resonators and Filters in Silicon Photonics Foundry Platforms Microring resonators are a foundational building block of next-generation photonic integrated circuits for high-density communication links, sensing, RF and mm-wave signal processing, and emerging quantum information applications. This course introduces fundamentals through state-of-the-art techniques of microring resonator device and photonic circuit design, and through hands-on design of a coupled-resonator bandpass filter. Learners will gain an understanding of (i) coupled-resonator circuits, (ii) filter synthesis, (iii) waveguide, bend, and resonator design, (iv) coupler design, (v) thermo-optic tuning, (vi) layered device-to-circuit level build-up of models of increasing accuracy, and (vii) scaling rules, rule-of-thumb intuition, and design for manufacturing, including implementation in a silicon photonics foundry platform.



Photonic Integrated Circuits 1 (PIC1): Fabless Design of Photonic Integrated Circuits within the AIM Foundry Ecosystem


We anticipate the next offering of this course will be April 2021.


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This eight-week online edX course, which includes a two-week break in the middle to focus on designing, introduces students and industry professionals to the fabless design of silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), using industry-leading Electronic Photonic Design Automation (EPDA) software tools. Registrants are guided through a step-by-step design sequence that culminates in the tape-out of an electro-optically active PIC chip that is suitable for fabrication by AIM Photonics Institute’s Multi-Project-Wafer (MPW) facility. 




Juejun Hu

Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC): Active Device Testing In this course, Prof. Juejun Hu (MIT), Prof. Jaime Cardenas (U of Rochester), Prof. Stefan Preble (RIT), and Prof. Jifeng Liu (Dartmouth) will review characterization methods for active integrated photonics components, including laser sources, modulators, switches, photodetectors, and photonic communication links.  This course will be released in the summer of 2021.




Silicon Photonics Design, Fabrication Data Analysis The University of British Columbia's Lukas Chrostowski offers an edX course titled, "Silicon Photonics Design, Fabrication and Data Analysis," which is offered several times a year.  You can learn more about the course here and by watching the video below.