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Design automation for silicon photonic devices

PhD - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

To develop an automation algorithm to design high-performance silicon photonic devices after deep diving in Python programming and the physics behind silicon photonics.

Silicon photonics is the study and application of optical systems by CMOS-compatible fabrication processes, which is the most promising solution to enable bandwidth growth in telecom and datacom systems. As a world-announced research center in this field, imec has in-house 200mm and 300mm CMOS pilot lines to process cutting-edge optical devices at wafer scale, including high-performance devices for light modulation, switching, coupling, filtering, and detection at data rates of 50GB/s and beyond. Imec Optical I/O program, together with our partners, targets optical interconnect scaling for 1cm-1km distances through advancing silicon photonics technology. As the demand for higher device performance continues to grow, the need for advanced design automation tools becomes paramount. This Ph.D. project aims to address the challenges associated with the design of silicon photonic devices and circuits through the development of innovative design automation methodologies. During this research, the Ph.D. student is expected to develop an automation algorithm to design high-performance silicon photonic devices after deep diving in Python programming and the physics behind silicon photonics..

 

In this research, the Ph.D. student will carry out:

  • Literature review of existing design automation algorithms.
  • To develop computational tools and algorithms that facilitate the efficient exploration of the design space, allowing for the optimization of photonic structures for specific applications such as power splitting, phase manipulation, wavelength filtering, and polarization management.
  • To calibrate the algorithms with metrology data from imec silicon photonics platform.
  • To experimentally validate the algorithms by demonstrating silicon photonic devices in imec silicon photonics platform with superior performances compared to state of the art.


Required background: Photonics, Electronic engineering, Computer Science or equivalent

Type of work: 50% modeling/simulation, 30% experimental,20% literature

Supervisor: Wim Bogaerts

Co-supervisor: Qingzhong Deng

Daily advisor: Qingzhong Deng

The reference code for this position is 2024-013. Mention this reference code on your application form.

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