Passive Silicon Photonics Fabrication Course 2015

Lecture - May 3 to 11; Workshop - May 13 to 19

at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

CMC provides this training in partnership with the NSERC CREATE Silicon Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits Si-EPIC Program.

This course provides training in the design, fabrication, and test of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) targeting the ime SiPhotonics passives 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 will be required to sign a tripartite Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with CMC and IME. Participants should contact Kim Sandaluk (Kim.Sandaluk@cmc.ca) to facilitate the NDA execution process prior to April 30, 2015.
  2. As 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, which will be available for download once you complete the registration. Participants should submit a signed agreement to Sarah Neville (Sarah.Neville@cmc.ca) prior to April 30, 2015.
  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.

Registration

Registration for the Passive Silicon Photonics course is now open with the following options. To register, please click on 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, beginning with eight days of lectures and a six-day hands-on workshop & seminar at UBC. A year-long training in the fundamentals of passive silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with a six-day hands-on workshop & seminar at UBC. A year-long training in the fundamentals of passive silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with a six-day hands-on workshop & seminar at UBC.

Workshop-only option: six-day hands-on workshop and seminar at UBC, including access to CAD tools during the workshop and for two weeks following the workshop. Fabrication not included.
Dates
  • Lectures: May 3 to 11, 2015
  • Hands-on workshop & seminar: May 13 to 19, 2015
Hands-on workshop & seminar: May 13 to 19, 2015
Location 418 Macleod Building, 2356 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Canada UBC
Price
  • $650 discounted fabrication fee (see Eligibility and Special Notes below).
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • Preferred pricing: $1,200 tuition and fabrication fee (see Eligibility and Special Notes below)
  • Standard Pricing: $5,000 tuition and fabrication fee
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
$3,000 tuition-only fee
Eligibility Requires course registration for one of the following (see Special Notes):

  • UBC EECE 584 (6 credits), or
  • Laval GEL 7070 and GEL 7071 (3 credits each)
Your faculty supervisor’s sign-off on the design report and mask layout is required before your design can proceed to fabrication.

This pricing option is available only to Canadian academics who have (or whose supervisor has) a Prototyping level subscription with CMC.



For students benefitting from the preferred pricing option, your faculty supervisor’s sign-off on the design report and mask layout is required before your design can proceed to fabrication.

   
Special Notes
  1. Visiting students from institutions noted in Appendix A may register for UBC EECE 584 at no cost.
  2. Students from Quebec universities may register for Laval GEL 7070 and GEL 7071 at no cost if they register through CREPUQ.
  3. Visiting students are eligible to apply for financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs through SiEPIC scholar program.

Prototyping subscribers and their students are also eligible to apply for Financial Assistance towards travel and accommodation costs (see more on getting a Subscription).

 
Registration

Registration is closed. If you are interested in registering this course, please contact
Jessica Zhang (zhang@cmc.ca) or Sarah Neville (neville@cmc.ca).

Training Schedule

  • Lectures at UBC: May 3 to 11, 2015
  • Workshop & seminar at UBC: May 13 to 19, 2015  
  • Design and modeling – May and June 2015
  • Design proposal deadline: July 2, 2015
  • Mask layout – July and August 2015
    • Access to software tools, tutorials, on-line discussion forums
    • design feedback provided
  • Design review – August 2015 (for students benefitting from discounted pricing, your faculty supervisor’s sign-off on the design report and mask layout is required before your design can proceed to fabrication)
  • Design submission (mask layout and design report deadline date): August 24, 2015
  • Device shipment date: February 2016
  • Device testing and model validation: February to April, 2016
    • Testing resources available at 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, enabling features down to approximately 120 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 ime in Singapore.

Course Details

Option Option 1

Options 2, 3 and 4

Prerequisites

Enrolled in a graduate degree program at a Canadian university

Course(s) at the senior undergraduate or graduate level on optics, waveguides, lasers, etc. (background material will be provided ahead of time)

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


Equipment Requirement

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

  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux.
  • 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.
  • Rental or loan of a computer can be arranged if necessary.

Access to Tools

  • From Mentor Graphics:
    • Mentor Graphics offers workshop attendees free access to Pyxis 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 that 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

Hotel Accommodation at Carey Centre, UBC Campus
Address 5920 Iona Drive
Vancouver BC
Rate Rooms with private bathroom from $80 to $86 (Included: Bedding, towels, toiletries, free local calls, and high speed cable internet access)
Booking method
  • Online: http://careycentre.com/
  • Telephone: Call 604.224.4308 or 1-844-862-2739 to reserve with your credit card
Booking group name UBC ECE Si-EPIC

 

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.

Appendix A

Visiting students from the following universities have their UBC tuition fees waived:

  • Under the Western Dean’s Agreement:

    Alberta, Athabasca, Brandon, British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Calgary, Concordia University College of Alberta (different from the Concordia University at Montreal, PQ), Lethbridge, Manitoba, Northern British Columbia, Regina, Royal Roads University, Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser, and Victoria