Integrated Photonics Bootcamp

Integrated Photonics Bootcamp

Registration will open soon.

Where:          Massachusetts Institute of Technology
When:           January 13-17, 2020
Cost:             $3,000 for five days of hands-on integrated photonics training
Class size:    The class will be limited to 12 registrants from the optics/photonics/electronics industry

The fast-emerging field of integrated photonics, which enables photonic and electronic devices to communicate with one another within an integrated circuit package, is revolutionizing fields like low-power cloud computing, ultra-high-speed wireless, smart sensing, and augmented imaging. In this bootcamp, we'll cover key concepts and provide hands-on training using state-of-the-art tools.

Rather than listen to lectures, students will solve problems using lab equipment to test photonic chips, which will prepare them for the challenges they will face in the workforce. Students will use chips that don't require electrical power, also known as passive chips.

See the list of instructors.

What students will learn:

  • Coupling of fiber to on-chip waveguide - Couple light into an SOI chip using butt coupling and grating coupling
  • Measurement of integrated photonics devices - Collect data from straight waveguides, spirals, and ring resonators
  • Basic concepts - TE/TM modes, confinement, evanescence, on-chip guiding
  • Virtual Lab - Game-based educational simulation to build intuition about on-chip light propagation
  • Data analysis - Python and/or Matlab to characterize devices based on real data
  • Lumerical simulations - Principles of design of integrated photonic devices
  • Introduction to integrated photonics packaging - Laser die packaging

You will need: Laptop and lab notebook
You get to keep: Manual with detailed descriptions of integrated photonics experiments.

 

List of instructors for the Integrated Photonics Bootcamp:

Anu Agarwal 

Dr. Anu Agarwal is Principal Research Scientist at MIT and AIM Photonics Academy's Leader of LEAPs (Labs for Education and Application Prototypes).  She has more than 100 journal and refereed conference publications, 6 awarded patents and 5 pending patents. Her work on MIR materials and devices is creating a planar, integrated, Si-CMOS-compatible microphotonics platform which will enable on-chip imaging and sensing applications.

 

Anu Agarwal

Juejun Hu

Juejun Hu is the Merton C. Flemings Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at MIT. His research interest is in optics and photonics for sensing, imaging, communications, and photovoltaics applications.

Juejun Hu

Lionel Kimerling

Dr. Kimerling is the Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and the founding Director of the MIT Microphotonics Center, where he conducts an active research program in the design and processing of semiconductor materials and devices.  He is also Executive of AIM Photonics Academy.

Lionel Kimerling

Sajan Saini

Sajan Saini is the Education Director at AIM Photonics Academy, MIT. He has been a lecturer at Princeton University in writing and science communications, and was formerly a member of the physics faculty at Queens College of CUNY. His photonics research interests include waveguide optical amplifiers, nanostructured materials, and photonic crystal devices.

Sajan Saini

Samuel Serna

Samuel Serna received his doctoral degree in science - photonics at the University of Paris-Sud for research in novel techniques to test and exploit third-order nonlinear susceptibilities in silicon-photonic structures. As a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, he explored novel hybrid devices in the integrated photonics platform for telecom and midIR functionalities.

He is currently Assistant Professor of physics at Bridgewater State University, a Visiting Scientist at MIT, and a 2019 OSA Ambassador. 

Samuel Serna

Erik Verlage

Erik Verlage received his doctoral degree in materials science at Caltech for research on nanophotonic antireflective coatings in photoelectrochemical devices for the synthesis of solar fuels.

He started as a postdoctoral associate at AIM Photonics Academy in the summer of 2017, and is designing interactive learning tools to teach integrated photonics to a wide audience.

Erik Verlage