AIM Photonics PIC Testing Workshop @ RIT

Coronavirus update: Workshop Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in an abundance of caution, the PIC Testing Workshop @ RIT is being postponed. We are hoping to reschedule the workshop for this summer. We will post further information related to the workshop on this website as it becomes available.

Learn how to test PICs (Photonic Integrated Circuit) fabricated by AIM Photonics.

Workshop participants will test a basic transceiver chip (electro-optic modulator + photodetector) that was designed in the AIM Photonics edX course: Photonic Integrated Circuits 1. This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to test, characterize and analyze PIC’s with a Mach-Zehnder Modulator (electro-optic modulator) and waveguide integrated Germanium photodetector. You will also go to the AIM Photonics Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility for a tour and learn about packaging/metrology.

When: TBD
Advanced Testing (optional): TBD
Cost: Free (including lunch and refreshments)
Travel/Hotel: Registrants must pay for their own travel to/from the workshop, housing and breakfast/dinner (only lunch and refreshments will be provided at the workshop). We will provide registrants with hotel information (which has shuttles to/from RIT).

This workshop is hands-on, consequently, we have to limit registration to approximately 12 participants.

Workshop Topics:

  • Fiber-chip edge coupling
  • Mach-Zehnder Interferometer characterization (group index and extinction ratio) & data analysis
  • Thermo-optic phase shifter characterization & data analysis
  • Mach-Zehnder Modulator characterization and data analysis
  • Photodetector characterization and data analysis
  • Data analysis using Jupyter (Python)
  • PIC Packaging (die and fiber attach)

Advanced Testing: 
An optional day (Friday, March 27th) where we will test PIC circuits designed by the winners of the AIM Photonics edX course PIC1 Design Competition. All registrants are welcome to stay and learn how to test these exciting circuit designs!

Workshop Instructors:
Stefan Preble – Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Drew Maywar – Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Gregory Howland – Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Candice Fazar – Associate Professor, Roberts Wesleyan College


For questions about the workshop, please contact Stefan Preble.

For questions about registration, please contact Robyn Rosechandler.