Deep-Dive PIC Design Course 2020
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26 October – 6 November, Academisch Genootschap, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

The course will be offered in a hybrid format. Participants can join both on site and online.

The Deep-Dive PIC Design Course is a technology training scheduled for two weeks starting from Monday 26th October 2020 and is held at Academisch Genootschap in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The course covers the theory and practice of integrated photonic component and circuit design using the powerful JePPIX building blocks. Hands on training with lab tools and design tools are complemented with cleanroom tours to develop insights into design rules and fabrication. Layout and simulation methods are explored with JePPIX software partners and professional designers. This course is particularly suitable to engineers who wish to create their first MPW chips and for new PhD students in the field of photonics.

The course will provide both the underlying knowhow to enable an understanding of the design space, and the practical skills to implement designs. Participants with specific circuit specifications in mind may also benefit by being able to think through their designs with on-site experts.

The standard registration fee is 2500 EUR. The fee covers access to the full 10-day course, lunches and refreshments during the course. The academic discount and Early bird (registrations before July 17) can be applied. To register, fill in the application form below. If you wish to participate online, please let us know via the ‘Other’ field in the form.


Early Bird (until 17 July) Standard rate
Academic fee 1500 EUR 2000 EUR
Standard fee 2000 EUR 2500 EUR

Learning Objectives

Participants will gain the ability to identify and specify building blocks and connect building blocks and layout for the creation of functional photonic integrated circuits. Participants will use a range of simulation and design tools suited for active and passive components and circuits and will be able to use foundry specific process design kits to predict circuit performance and create the file sets required for a multi-project wafer run.

Required prior knowledge

The course is expected to be relevant to engineers and scientists who have an awareness of photonics and the underlying principles, and who wish to extend this knowledge to create their first photonic integrated circuits on open access foundries.


Trainees will develop insights into mode analysis to better understand the design space for waveguide based integrated optics and how best to construct interferometers and filters. Active building blocks including semiconductor optical amplifiers, modulators and detectors will be introduced in terms of physical principles and practical implementation as components and circuit elements. Methods for laying out circuits will be developed. Hybrid and monolithic integration schemes will be described.

There is also an emphasis on practical skills, with the opportunity to trial commercial CAD tools, process design kits (PDKs) and to develop insights with expert designers and leading academic instructors. Representatives from the foundries will also be available to talk through the latest platform capabilities. Visits to cleanroom facilities and measurement laboratories are included to provide insights into the role of fabrication tolerances and testing methods on design methods. Packaging will also be reviewed to ensure package, test and manufacture aware design.

Your stay in Eindhoven

Enhance your stay in Eindhoven by visiting some of the sights in and around the city:

  • Guided city tour every Saturday 11am, starting at the Eindhoven Brandstore, Stationsplein 17
  • Jazz festival So What’s Next at 30, 31 October and 1 November 2020
  • Go to the movies at Natlab, the former Philips Physics Laboratory at Strijp-S
  • Visit the Philips Museum or the DAF Museum to learn more about Eindhoven’s industrial history
  • For contemporary art, make sure to visit the Van Abbe Museum
  • Arriving before the course? Check out the Dutch Design Week on October 17-25
  • Staying after the course? Check out GLOW on November 7-14
  • Learn more about the liberation of the South of Netherlands at Wings of Liberation
  • Visit the old city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

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Billing information

Registration fee

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