Passive Silicon Photonics Fabrication Course 2019

at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Building on the success of the NSERC SiEPIC program, CMC provides this training in partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC).

This course trains students in the design, fabrication, and test of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) using the advanced Si photonics design automation platforms targeting the AMF SiPhotonics technology, available through CMC Microsystems.

This training can be integrated with your research or as a stand-alone learning opportunity. Target applications include Optical Communications and Sensors.

Mentor Graphics and Lumerical Solutions Inc. are supporting this course by providing preferred access arrangements to their tools for participants enrolled in this course.

Important:
  1. To obtain access to confidential technology information provided during the course, your organization is required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with CMC. Participants should contact Kim Sandaluk (Kim.Sandaluk@cmc.ca) to facilitate the NDA execution process prior to April 30, 2019.
  2. Because course participants will have access to other proprietary and confidential information during the course, each participant is required to sign an Access to Intellectual Property & Non-Disclosure Agreement. Participants must submit a signed agreement to Sarah Neville (Sarah.Neville@cmc.ca) prior to May 8, 2019.
  3. This course is a prerequisite for the Active Silicon Photonics Fabrication Course, in which students learn how to use a more advanced silicon photonics technology that integrates both active and passive devices. Even if your interest is primarily in active devices, please enroll in the passives course first to ensure that you complete the prerequisites for the more advanced actives course.

Schedule

Content Date Time Location
Lecture and Workshop May 10 to 17
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
MacLeod Building Rm 254
2356 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Registration

Registration for the Passive Silicon Photonics course is now open with the following options. To register, please click the registration button below.

Option Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
Description A six-credit graduate course in the fundamentals of passive silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, includes eight days of lectures, a hands-on workshop and a seminar at UBC. A year-long training in the fundamentals of passive silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, includes eight days of lectures, a hands-on workshop and a seminar at UBC. Workshop-only option: Includes eight days of lectures, a hands-on workshop and a seminar at UBC, with the access to CAD tools during the workshop and for two weeks following the workshop. Fabrication is not included.
Price
  • $750 discounted fabrication fee (see Eligibility below).
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • Preferred pricing: $1,350 tuition and fabrication fee (see Eligibility below)
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • Standard pricing including tuition and fabrication fee:
    • Industry: $5,500
    • Academic: $3,500
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • For Option 3 only: Discount available to companies registering multiple attendees for training. Contact us for details.
Standard pricing for tuition-only fee:
  • Industry: $3,000
  • Academic: $1,750
Eligibility This pricing option requires course registration for:
  • UBC EECE 584, or
  • Laval University GEL7070 and GEL7071
This price option is available only to Canadian academics who have (or whose supervisor has) a subscription with CMC.
These pricing option are available for any researcher that is not eligible for Options 1 and 2.

Registration

Training Schedule

  • Lecture, workshop & seminar at UBC: May 10 to 17, 2019
  • Design and modeling: May to June, 2019
  • Design proposal deadline: June 17, 2019
  • Mask layout – June - July 2019
    • Access to software tools, tutorials, on-line discussion forums
    • Design feedback provided
  • Design mask layout submission: July 15, 2019
  • Device shipment date: October, 2019 for passive only chips
    • February 2020 for chips with active components
  • Device testing and model validation: 3-months after receiving the fabricated chips
    • Testing resources are available from UBC or from CMC, if required.

Technology Description

  • Silicon-on-insulator, 220-nm top Si film, 2000-nm buried oxide (BOX)
  • 193-nm deep UV lithography on Si etching layers, enabling features down to approximately 150 nm
  • Supports design and fabrication of a range of PICs including:
    • photonic crystals
    • waveguides (photonic crystal or ridge)
    • gratings for fiber coupling
    • multiplexers (diffraction or arrayed waveguide)
    • ring resonators
    • filters
  • Fabrication is carried out at AMF in Singapore.

Course Details

Option Option 1

Options 2, 3 and 4

Prerequisites
Enrolled in the graduate degree program at UBC or Laval university
Course(s) at the senior undergraduate or graduate level on photonics, optical communications, electronics, etc.
Instruction and workshop Syllabus Summary

  • Theory of optical wave propagation, waveguides, couplers, resonators
  • Modeling of passive nanophotonic devices (e.g. waveguides, couplers, ring resonators, photonic crystals) using Matlab & Lumerical MODE, FDTD, and INTERCONNECT
  • Mask design and layout
  • Design considerations for AMF passive SOI process
  • Modeling of passive nanophotonic devices (e.g. waveguides, couplers, ring resonators, photonic crystals) using Matlab & Lumerical MODE, FDTD, and INTERCONNECT
  • Design considerations for AMF passive SOI process
    • Mask design and layout


Equipment Requirement

A laptop computer with the following features is required for on-site training:

  • 64-bit computer is required, 32-bit computer does NOT work.
  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 only, no Mac or OSX.
  • Minimum of 2 GB of RAM is required, 4 GB or more is recommended.
  • Free disk space must be more than 4 Gbits.
  • Administrator access on laptop required to install software.
  • Wireless internet.
  • Three-button mouse.
  • We will use commercial Linux-based EDA (electronic design automation) tools for layout and verification; these will be accessed via remote desktop to Linux servers.
  • We recommend a relatively new computer (< 3 years old) so that the modelling software runs quickly.
  • We also recommend bringing your own license of Matlab, Octave or other mathematical modeling software.

Access to Tools

  • From Mentor Graphics:
    • Mentor Graphics offers workshop attendees free access to Tanner and Calibre:
      • During the workshop
      • Following the workshop, for the purpose of completing their course designs.
  • From Lumerical Solutions Inc.:
    • Lumerical offers all workshop attendees free access to their CAD tools (MODE Solutions, FDTD Solutions, and INTERCONNECT) for one month. 
    • After the first month, Lumerical makes short-term licenses available to workshop attendees in support of post-workshop objectives, under the following terms:
      • For participants from educational institutions: Participants who are full-time students or faculty members at accredited, degree-granting educational institutions can make a one-time request for an additional free three-month license for each applicable Lumerical product. Academic participants who have already requested their free three-month license may purchase short-term licenses to support post-workshop objectives.
      • All other participants: May purchase short-term licenses to support post-workshop objectives.
    • Post-workshop licenses are to be purchased through CMC.

Accommodation Recommendations

On-campus:

Off-campus:

Note: There is no group rates available. You may need to change hotels during the workshop week.

Cancellations

Course cancellations must be received in writing at least one (1) week before the beginning date of the course in question to receive a full refund of the registration fee. A cancellation made after the deadline will not receive a refund. CMC Microsystems makes no commitments on refunds for travel or accommodations.

Contact

If you have any comments or questions regarding the course content or registration, please contact Jessica Zhang at zhang@cmc.ca.