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    2018 AIM Photonics Winter Academy

    Silicon Photonics: Fundamentals of Chip Fabrication

    January 16-18, 2018

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA USA

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    NEW: Download the full schedule, syllabus, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and About documents below.

    Come to MIT in January for a three-day program with intensive short courses on integrated photonics: materials, devices, photonic integrated circuit layout, and chip fabrication.

    Learn about

    • The benefits of electronic-photonic integration in emerging industry applications
    • Photonic materials properties, device design and photonic integrated circuit performance
    • The AIM Photonics Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) fabrication process
    • The Process Design Kit (PDK) approach for fabrication at AIM Photonics
    • Automated software design tools from vendors who collaborate with the AIM MPW process
    • Manufacturing process variation and guidelines for high-volume chip fabrication

    Network with a cohort of colleagues from academia and industry.

    Meet leading Electronic Photonic Design Automation (EPDA) software vendors and get a first introduction to photonic integrated circuit simulation, layout, and design rule check.

    Collaborate and solve design problems that leverage the EPDA software tools.

    Course Structure

    • mornings: lecture - lab/demo
    • afternoons: automated design demo – lecture - design challenge

    Day 1

    • Overview of an AIM Multi-Project Wafer run (MPW)
    • Silicon photonics fundamentals
    • Passive devices for photonic integrated circuits (passive PICs)
    • Design Lab: waveguide fundamentals
    • Engagement with Electronic Photonic vendors: Synopsys, Coventor

    Day 2

    • Active devices for photonic integrated circuits (active PICs)
    • Fabrication process flow for a photonic integrated circuit
    • Fabless Silicon Photonics: introduction to the Process Design Kit (PDK)
    • Design Lab: PIC circuit layout
    • Engagement with Electronic Photonics vendors: PhoeniX Software, Cadence
    • Networking Dinner

    Day 3

    • PIC process variation: Design for Manufacturing
    • Design Lab debriefing: fabrication constraints
    • Design Lab: Design Rule Check and design waiver
    • PIC technology roadmap
    • Engagement with Electronic Photonics vendors: Lumerical, Mentor

    Completion of the course will enable attendees to

    • Identify market trends in the optical components industry.
    • Use the power of a standard manufacturing platform.
    • Discuss the benefits of electronic-photonic integration.
    • Evaluate the latest silicon photonic devices.
    • Evaluate automated design tools for foundry production of integrated photonic chips.
    • Develop integrated photonic competency in your company.
    • Teach an integrated photonics track at your school.

    Logistics for the week:

    • MIT has a list of recommended hotels and places to stay here
    • Finding parking at MIT is difficult and can be expensive.  If you need to drive to campus, here is a guide to places to park.
    • Classes will be in building 66, room 110.  You can find a campus map here, which is searchable by building number.

    Who should attend?

    AIM Winter Academy 2018 provides an introduction to integrated photonics and associated commercial applications in its manufacturing supply chain. Students ranging from beginners at the senior undergraduate level to faculty interested in starting an Integrated Photonics track at their schools will benefit. The content will specifically prepare professional engineers in the electronic and photonic hardware industries for designing with the latest integrated photonic technology. Executives and technologists including planners, engineers, and scientists participating in the optical and electronic components technology supply chain will acquire a working knowledge of the field.

    The AIM Photonics Winter Academy introduces attendees to the prerequisite skill set to take AIM’s online certification course (offered Spring, 2018) for design submissions to Multi-Project Wafer prototype runs at the AIM Photonics Institute’s fabrication facility in Albany, New York.

    Registration includes a 3-day package and a networking dinner ($1000).  The course will take place in building 66, room 110.


    Instructor bios:

    Anu Agarwal

    Anu Agarwal is principal research scientist at MIT, where she is developing integrated Si-CMOS compatible linear and non-linear materials for photonic devices, especially in the mid-IR regime, for hyperspectral imaging and chem-bio sensing, because most chemical and biological toxins have their fingerprints in this range. Her work on MIR materials and devices is creating a planar, integrated, Si-CMOS-compatible microphotonics platform that will enable on-chip imaging and sensing applications.

    Duane Boning

    Duane Boning's research focuses on understanding and modeling variation in IC, photonic, and MEMS processes, devices, and circuits. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT, where he is currently Professor of EECS, and where he serves as Co-Director of the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, Director of the MIT and Masdar Institute Cooperative Program, and as Associate Director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL).

    Madeleine Glick

    From 2002-2011, Madeleine Glick was Principal Engineer at Intel (Intel Research Cambridge UK, Intel Research Pittsburgh) leading research on optical interconnects for computer systems. She has been adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a visiting scientist at the Cambridge University Computer Lab. From 2014-2016 she was the Industrial Liaison Officer of the NSF Engineering Center CIAN (Center for Integrated Access Networks).  She is currently Industrial Liaison Officer at AIM Photonics Academy.

    Peter Goetz

    Peter Goetz is the U.S. Navy’s representative to AIM Photonics Institute and serves as the government’s Chief Scientist for the Institute.  He is the government lead for AIM’s electronic/photonic design automation group as well as AIM Academy, and works closely with AIM’s integrated photonics sensors group.  He currently serves at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he works primarily in integrated photonics and free space optical communication. 

    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.

    Lionel Kimerling

    Lionel 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.

    Jifeng Liu

    Jifeng Liu is an Associate Professor at Dartmouth College. His major research field includes integrated Si photonics for ultralow energy photonic datalinks as well as nanomaterials and nanostructures for solar thermal and solar photovoltaics.

    Stefan Preble

    Stefan Preble is an Associate Professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an expert in Silicon Photonic devices and circuits and is working to implement the technology in high performance computing, communication and sensing systems.

    Sajan Saini

    Sajan Saini is an Instructional Designer at 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.

    Kazumi Wada

    Kazumi Wada is a visiting professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. In 1998, he joined the Microphotonics group let by Prof. Kimerling at MIT, in which the goal was electronic and photonic convergence on a Si CMOS platform. His focused field was materials science and device physics of Ge on Si, and especially tensile-strain Ge photodetectors with nearly ideal performance with an extended limit of wavelength detection. The modulator was later demonstrated as a monolithically integrated modulator with the smallest power consumption. In 2004, he returned to Japan and started Si microphotonics research at the University of Tokyo, where he led the JSPS project.