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2017 Short Course

Sunday, October 22nd
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay - Watson
8:00am – 5:25pm

Course Coordinator: Pete Zampardi
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Silicon Photonics Technology and Design
Session Chair: Pete Zampardi (Qorvo)
Co-Chair: Patrice Gamand, (XLIM Laboratory University of Limoges)

7:00am - 8:00am     Registration and Breakfast
8:00am - 8:05am     Welcome

Course Overview:
This course presents an introduction to silicon photonics by four experts in the field. The course starts with a discussion of the technology fundamentals (integration approach) and provides demonstrator examples. The second part of the course discusses foundry offerings and the components that are available to designers. The third part of the course discusses the evolutionary trends of this technology and discusses the fundamentals, tools, and applications of this technology. Packaging and integration will also be discussed. Finally, the course concludes with a section on circuit design with a special emphasis on low-noise amplifiers and Mach-Zehnder modulator drivers.

8:05am - 9:55am    
Monolithic Photonic BiCMOS Technology: Enabler for High-Speed Transceiver Applications
Instructor: Stefan Lischke (IHP Microelectronics)

Photonic-electronic integration is a key technology to master data traffic growth and therefore an enabler of future network technologies. For some time now, a novel silicon-based photonic-electronic integration technology, photonic BiCMOS, is under development at IHP. Photonic BiCMOS is a planar technology co-integrating monolithically on a single substrate high-speed RF frontend electronics with high-speed photonic devices such as broadband germanium detectors, modulators, and SOI nano-waveguide integrated optics. High RF capability of this electronic photonic integrated circuit (ePIC) technology is enabled by SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs), which are integrated with 0.25μm CMOS. This talk reviews the integration approach deployed in the photonic BiCMOS and discusses performance issues for both, electronic and photonic devices. Measures to overcome detrimental integration effects will be discussed. Examples of transmitter and receiver demonstrators are presented to indicate the potential for monolithically integrated high-speed transceivers at 1550 nm.

Stephan Lischke received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physics with specialization in Semiconductor Technology from the Technical University Brandenburg, Cottbus in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He is currently a Researcher in the Silicon Photonics group within the Technology department of IHP, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. His current work is focused on Germanium photo detectors and the integration of photonic devices into IHP’s photonic BiCMOS process. 9:55 - 10:25 AM Break

10:25am - 12:15pm
Introduction to Silicon Photonics: Foundry-Manufactured Platforms and Devices

Instructor: Joyce Poon (University of Toronto)

This talk presents an overview of the standard and emerging silicon photonic platforms that researchers or designers can access either through multi-project wafer shuttles or arrangements with foundries. Standard platforms only have one waveguide layer in silicon, while emerging platforms can incorporate several waveguide layers and hybrid III-V integration. Active and passive silicon and hybrid-silicon components, such as polarization management devices, fiber-to-chip couplers, modulators, photodetectors, and lasers, will be reviewed. Joyce Poon is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Integrated Photonic Devices. She and her team conduct theoretical and experimental research in micro- and nano-scale integrated photonics. Dr. Poon obtained the Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2007 and 2003 respectively, and the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (physics option) from the University of Toronto in 2002.

12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch

1:15pm - 3:05pm
Silicon Photonics Technology and Impact on Designs
Instructor: Christophe Kopp (CEA-LETI) Silicon photonics technology has definitely reached a first level of maturity with several industrial products and available fabrication supply chains. Thanks to current innovations with heterogeneous material integration and multi photonic layer stacking, the next generation will represent a new paradigm for designers to address a wider field of applications beyond optical communications. This short course discusses both fundamentals, tools and applications of silicon photonics. We will go through the evolution and the current trend of technologies of silicon photonics. We will review the device library dedicated to build photonic integrated circuits for high speed optical communications. We will also describe the developments in packaging and integration to build devices for fiber optic network to many-core processor architectures. Dr. Christophe Kopp received the Ph.D. degree in photonic engineering from the University of Strasbourg, Alsace, France, in 2000, in the field of diffractive optics. Since 2001, he has been with the LETI (CEA TECH) Institute, Grenoble, France, where he is engaged in developing micro-optoelectronic devices. He has participated in national and European collaborative projects (ODIN, HELIOS, WADIMOS MICROS, SILVER, PLAT4M, IRIS). In connection with industrial companies (Intexys Photonics, IIIV-lab Mapper lithography, STm), he has been responsible for R&D projects. He is the author or co-author of more than 70 papers in scientific journals and international conference proceedings, one scientific book, and more than 30 patents. Currently, he is at the head of the laboratory of silicon photonics with 35 research engineers/technicians and 6 PhD students.

3:05pm - 3:25pm Break

3:25pm - 5:15pm
Circuit Design for Si Photonics

Instructors: Peter Schvan (Ciena)

The use of Si Photonics promises economical implementation of large volume low cost E-O modules for various optical communication applications. These solutions need to support high bit rate, currently up to 400 Gb/s, and low power dissipation. Beside the implementation of the necessary optical devices the design of the required electrical components also poses significant challenges. These include the connection between electronics and optics, compensation for some of the limitations of Si based optical components particularly for modulators, achieving low crosstalk penalty and also the requirement to fit them into a very low power budget. This course will review circuit solutions to design low noise amplifiers and MZ modulator drivers for SiP based receiver and transmitter systems. Peter Schvan received his M.S. in Physics and his Ph. D. in Electronics in 1985. After joining Nortel he has worked in the area of device modeling, CMOS and BiCMOS technology development followed by circuit design for fiber optic and wireless communication using SiGe, BiCMOS, InP and CMOS technologies. Currently he is director of analog design at Ciena, Ottawa, involved in the development of broadband amplifiers, high speed A/D and D/A converters. He gave several workshop presentations and authored or co-authored over 40 publications.

5:15pm - 5:25pm Course Evaluation

Who Should Attend
The first course is intended to appeal to both technologists and circuit designers of all backgrounds who have an interest in understanding the Silicon Photonics Technology and Design. This course presents an introduction to silicon photonics by four experts in the field. The course starts with a discussion of the technology fundamentals (integration approach) and provides demonstrator examples. The second part of the course discusses foundry offerings and the components that are available to designers. The third part of the course discusses the evolutionary trends of this technology and discusses the fundamentals, tools, and applications of this technology. Packaging and integration will also be discussed. Finally, the course concludes with a section on circuit design with a special emphasis on low-noise amplifiers and Mach-Zehnder modulator drivers.