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Summer Short Course Series

Fundamentals of Integrated Photonics

2017 Course Description

Target Audience

This course is targeted for students, researchers, and engineers in industry, who want to learn the fundamental aspects of integrated photonics. It is essential for anyone interested in taking the second part devoted to integrated silicon photonics.


The first day of the course will cover fundamentals of optical waveguides and how they can be used to fabricate passive components required by integrated photonics such as directional couplers, Bragg gratings, and micro-ring resonators. The second day will focus on the nonlinear effects and discuss how integrated photonics can be used for bio-sensing. The last lecture of the course will cover active devices made using optical waveguides and will also discuss the testing and packaging of photonic integrated circuits.


Familiarity with optics and electromagnetics is a prerequisite. It is assumed that each attendee has taken a course on physical optics or electromagnetic theory in the past. However, no previous knowledge of integrated photonics or optical waveguides is required.


  • June 12, Monday morning
    Fundamentals of Optical Waveguides, Professor Govind Agrawal (Rochester)

  • June 12, Monday afternoon
    Integrated Photonics Components, Professor Govind Agrawal (Rochester)

  • June 13, Tuesday morning
    Active Photonic Components, Testing and Packaging, Professor Steve Preble (RIT)

  • June 13, Tuesday afternoon
    Integrated Photonics for Bio-sensing, Professor Ben Miller (Rochester)

  • June 14, Wednesday morning
    Testing and Packaging of Photonic Integrated Circuits, Professor Steve Preble (RIT)

{Please note: course descriptions and instructors listed above are NOT final, it is possible that circumstances beyond our control could necessitate alterations.}