Actives Silicon Photonics Course 2020

On-line, live May 24 to 30, 2020

In response to COVID-19 Pandemic, CMC and our partner professors from UBC and Laval are offering this legendary Silicon photonics course on-line.

This course trains students in the design, fabrication, and test of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) targeting the AMF Si Photonics technology, available through CMC Microsystems. It can be a stand-alone learning opportunity or combined with your research and/or development. Target applications include optical communications and sensors.

Mentor Graphics and Lumerical (now part of the ANSYS family) are supporting this course by providing preferred access arrangements to their tools for participants enrolled in this course (more information below).

Important Notes:

  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 Microsystems. Please contact Kim Sandaluk (Sandaluk@cmc.ca) to facilitate the NDA execution process prior to May 10, 2020.
  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 should submit a signed agreement to Sarah Neville (Sarah.Neville@cmc.ca) prior to May 17, 2020.

Pre-requisites

Completion of the Passive Silicon Nanophotonics course, experience with PIC design, or permission from the instructors.

Schedule

Date Time Location
May 5 to June 23, 2020 At your own schedule Pre-recorded video lectures, tutorials and activities
May 24 to 30, 2020 11:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT Video Conference call via Zoom

Pricing and Registration

Option Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
Description A three-credit graduate course in the fundamentals of active silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with a 7-day on-line workshop A year-long training in the fundamentals of active silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with a 7-day on-line workshop A year-long training in the fundamentals of active silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with a 7-day on-line workshop Workshop-only option: 7-day on-line workshop, including access to CAD tools during the workshop and for two weeks following the workshop. Fabrication is not included
Price
  • $1,000 discounted fabrication fee (see Eligibility and Special Notes below).
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • Preferred pricing: $1,400 tuition and fabrication fee (see Eligibility and Special Notes below)
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • Standard pricing including tuition and fabrication fee
    • Industry: $7,900
    • Academic: $6,650
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
Standard pricing for tuition-only fee:

  • Industry: $2,900
  • Academic: $1,650
Eligibility This pricing option requires course registration for one of the following (see Special Notes):

  • UBC ELEC 581
  • Laval University GEL 7070 or GEL 7071
This price option is available only to Canadian academics who have (or whose supervisor has) a subscription with CMC. This pricing option is available for any researcher that is not eligible for Options 1 and 2.
Special Notes Visiting students from institutions noted in Appendix A may register for UBC ELEC 581.
Registration Closed.
Note: A discount is available on options 3 and 4 for multiple participants from the same organization. Contact Zhang@cmc.ca for details.

Training Schedule

  • On-line pre-recorded video lectures, tutorials and activities (Passives, introduction to Actives): May 5 to June 23, 2020
  • On-line Actives course: May 24 to 30, 2020
  • Design, modeling and mask layout: June to October, 2020
    • Access to software tools, tutorials, and on-line discussion forums
    • Design feedback provided
  • Design proposal deadline: September 28, 2020
  • Design review: September 2020 (for students benefiting 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 (layout deadline): October 19, 2020
  • Device shipment date: April, 2021
  • Device testing and model validation: May and June, 2021
  • Final report: July, 2021

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 150 nm
  • Supports design and fabrication of a range of components and systems consisting of:
    • modulators
    • detectors
    • waveguides (strip or ridge)
    • gratings for fiber coupling
    • deep trench and nano-tapers for edge coupling
    • multiplexers (diffraction or arrayed waveguide) and filters (resonators, Bragg gratings)
    • ring and disk resonators
  • Fabrication is carried out at AMF in Singapore.

Course Details

Instruction Syllabus Summary

  • Fabrication processes and design kits
  • Device modeling (detectors, modulators, rings, MZI, PN & PIN junctions, thermal tuning, optical components, microwave design of electrodes)
    • CAD tools: Synopsis, Lumerical MODE Solutions, FDTD Solutions, INTERCONNECT and DEVICE
  • Layout & verification
    • CAD tools: K-layout, Mentor Graphics Tanner and Calibre
  • Design for Test and design for fabrication

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:
      • Lumerical offers all workshop attendees free access to their CAD tools (MODE Solutions, FDTD Solutions, INTERCONNECT and DEVICE) 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 License Pricing is available upon request.

Contact

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

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.

Appendix A

Students enrolled in graduate programs at other Canadian universities may enroll the UBC course as a visiting student. Application to UBC graduate school is required. Conditions may apply. Details can be found at:
https://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/visitors-canadian-universities

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Disruption to CMC online applications

Thursday, May28th 6am-9am EDT

CMC is making improvements to infrastructure that will temporarily affect license access to ANSYS Campus Solutions for research, Amira, Avizo, Coventor, DW2000, Labview, Optiwave, SoftMEMS, and Zemax CAD tools. These improvements will also affect access to the CMC Cloud web access and My Account sections of the website. All other online services will continue to operate normally. 

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