Optoelectronics and Silicon Photonics (Online Version)

Optoelectronics components are an important part of many electronics and telecommunications systems today. Optoelectronic components can either generate optical signals from electrical signals, or turn optical signals into electrical signals. Optoelectronics components often involve the use of compound semiconductor materials. In this course we will discuss the history of these components, the types of semiconductor materials used for these components, the applications for these components, methods to build and control the optical properties of these devices (like the bandgaps and refractive indexes), and the reliability of these devices. We will also discuss silicon photonics structures, including passive elements, resonant structures, modulators, sources and detectors. Finally, we will bring all of the concepts together and discuss various processes for producing silicon photonic integrated circuits.

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What Will I Learn By Taking This Class?

Registrants learn to develop the skills to determine what design and technology approaches should be applied, and when they should be applied. This skill-building series is divided into eight segments:

  1. Optoelectronics Technology. Registrants learn the fundamentals of optoelectronics processing. They also learn advanced techniques used to increase efficiency in these devices and reduce sources of leakage and power dissipation.
  2. Packaging. Registrants learn the strengths and weaknesses of various packaging techniques. We pay particular attention to thermal dissipation issues, including coefficient of thermal expansion, and thermal diffusivity.
  3. Optoelectronics Reliability. Registrants learn about the various degradation mechanisms present in both silicon and compound semiconductor devices. We cover how reliability can be improved, and how to calculate lifetimes.
  4. Case Histories. Registrants identify how to use their knowledge through the case histories. They learn to identify key pieces of information that allow them to determine the potential problems and how to proceed.
  5. Silicon Photonics Technology. Registrants learn the fundamentals of optics, and how light behaves with silicon. They also discuss the behavior at interfaces, absorption, diffraction, as well as electro-optic and electro-acoustic effects. They also learn about advanced structures and concepts like plasmonics.
  6. Processing. Registrants learn the fundamentals of silicon photonics processing. They also learn the techniques to integrate optics into silicon and CMOS technologies. They also are introduced to the integration of MEMS and optical devices.
  7. Optoelectronics Devices. Registrants learn about the two major classes of optical devices: the emitter and the detector. We discuss LEDs, Laser Diodes, Photodiodes and photodetectors.
  8. Characterization. Registrants learn how to characterize silicon photonic devices for factors such as output power, efficiency, and frequency.

Course Objectives

  1. The seminar will provide registrants with an in-depth understanding of Optoelectronics Technology.
  2. The registrants will be able to determine how to evaluate a technology for a given application.
  3. The seminar will identify the advantages and disadvantages various packaging techniques for optoelectronic devices, sensors, and LEDs.
  4. The seminar offers the opportunity to ask questions to experts in the field of Optoelectronics, LED packaging and systems design.
  5. The registrants will be able to identify basic technology features on a semiconductor LED or laser diode.
  6. The registrants will be able to identify a variety of different failure mechanisms and how they manifest themselves.
  7. The registrants will be able to identify the appropriate equipment to purchase when starting or expanding a manufacturing operation.
  8. The seminar will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of Silicon Photonics Technology.
  9. The participant will be able to determine how to evaluate a process for a given application.
  10. The seminar will identify the advantages and disadvantages various processing and integration techniques for sensors, and detectors onto silicon ICs.
  11. The seminar offers the opportunity to ask questions to experts in the field of Silicon Photonics, IC processing and integration issues involving optics.
  12. The participant will be able to identify basic technology features on silicon photonics ICs, such as waveguides, combiners, splitters, LEDs, laser diodes, photodiodes, and photodetectors.
  13. The participant will be able to identify a variety of different failure mechanisms and how they manifest themselves.
  14. The participant will be able to identify the appropriate equipment to purchase when starting or expanding a manufacturing operation.

Course Outline

Optoelectronics

This material covers a number of basic aspects regarding optoelectronics and optical communications. Optoelectronics components are an important part of many electronics and telecommunications systems today. Optoelectronic components can either generate optical signals from electrical signals, or turn optical signals into electrical signals. Optoelectronics components often involve the use of compound semiconductor materials. In this material we discuss the history of these components, the types of semiconductor materials used for these components, the applications for these components, methods to build and control the optical properties of these devices (like the bandgaps and refractive indexes), and the reliability of these devices.

Presentations

  1. Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Materials
  2. Optical Properties of Materials
  3. Optoelectric Energy Conversion
  4. Bandgap and Refractive Index
  5. Optical Data Communications
  6. Photonics Device Fundamentals
  7. Applications Overview
  8. Optoelectronics Reliability Fundamentals
  9. Optoelectronics Failure Mechanisms
  10. Optoelectronics Analysis
  11. Quiz: Optoelectronics Final Exam
  12. Optoelectronics Certificate of Completion

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Silicon Photonics

Silicon Photonics is an emerging field in the semiconductor industry. It involves the use of silicon wafers as substrates to implement optical functions, as well as electrical to optical conversion, and optical-to-electrical conversion. We discuss the various silicon photonics structures, including passive elements, resonant structures, modulators, sources and detectors. We also discuss various processes for producing silicon photonic integrated circuits.

Presentations

  1. Silicon Photonics Passive Structures - Part 1
  2. Silicon Photonics Passive Structures - Part 2
  3. Silicon Photonics Passive Structures - Part 3
  4. Silicon Photonics Resonant Structures
  5. Silicon Photonics Modulators
  6. Silicon Photonics Sources
  7. Silicon Photonics Detectors
  8. Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuits
  9. Silicon Photonics Exam
  10. Silicon Photonics Certificate of Completion

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