From Optical Networks to Photonic Waveguides – A Comprehensive Training Series (Fall 2023)

Attend a comprehensive series of courses to gain knowledge and experience in the entire photonic design workflow from networks to systems and devices.

Courses can be taken individually or together as a package.
All participants will get full cloud-based access to our software solutions for the entire training duration (16th - 31st Oct 2023).

In the full program, you will learn to design waveguides and fibers, automate the design of photonic integrated circuits, design fiber-based devices such as doped-fiber amplifiers, simulate high-speed optical transmission systems, and engineer optical networks.

Our team of experts will guide you through the various levels of abstraction using VPIphotonics' integrated and interoperable software tools giving attendees access to the software in a cloud-based environment.

Each training day includes a 6-hour virtual session of lectures, guided labs, and independent work with 1-on-1 support. In addition, there are two self-guided work days with dedicated networking and support sessions.

Registration is limited to provide attendees with direct access to our team of experts, so reserve your seat today!

     16th Oct 2023 – Link Engineering (1 day)

Learn vendor and technology agnostic approach to optical network design and optimize optical equipment for a given traffic demand using our Link Engineering Solutions.

In this training, you will learn the basic aspects of the design process for different network topologies with their advantages and disadvantages.

You will create in the labs a simple network topology and optimize the component placement in a 5G fronthaul network.

Design topics include:

  • Define network topologies
  • Design a simple optical network
  • Optimize a network design for given traffic demands


     17th Oct 2023 – Introduction to Design Suite (1 day)

Get familiar with our product portfolio and have a deeper insight into the VPIphotonics Design Suite.

This training day serves new users of our software and those who want a refresher on the basics. You will learn how to navigate through the Photonic Design Environment (PDE), benefit from the available resources and build schematics. In addition, you will learn about sweeping and optimizing parameters, visualizing results with VPIphotonics Analyzer (VPA), and many useful tips.

Moreover, you will get an overview of the signal representations and simulation techniques.

Design topics include:

  • Introduction to our products
  • Photonic Design Environment & Getting Started
  • Signal Representation
  • Hierarchical Designs
  • Sweeps and Optimization
  • VPIphotonics Analyzer and Useful Tips



     18th - 19th Oct 2023 – Transmission Systems (2 days)

Intended for both beginners and experienced users of VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems, this hands-on course will focus on the design of high-speed optical transmission systems.

This course will cover the fundamentals of the software and will build towards more advanced topics, tailored to those interested in the modeling and investigation of the technologies for short-reach optical links, as well as digital coherent transmission systems suitable for metro and long-haul applications. Transmitter- and Receiver-side digital signal processing (DSP) techniques for both direct- and coherent-detection systems will also be covered.

Design topics include:

Day 1

  • High-speed access networks
  • Optical interconnects for data center applications
  • Performance assessment of PAM-4 signals
  • Free space optical communications

Day 2

  • DSP demodulation for high-order coherent M-QAM systems
  • Mitigation of transmission-induced impairments using DSP
  • Performance comparison of different modulation formats
  • Exploring the benefits of constellation-shaped QAM constellations
  • Investigation of nonlinear interference noise in WDM systems



     20th Oct 2023 – Self-Guided Work Day

     23rd Oct 2023 – Fiber Optics (1 day)

Gain experience in using VPIcomponentMaker Fiber Optics for modeling and optimization of fiber-based optical devices such as various optical signal amplifiers.

The training is dedicated to the amplification of optical signals. In this course, you will learn the basics of software applications such as the optimization of pump configurations and the characterization of designed amplifiers. One of the covered topics is doped fiber amplifiers, in particular, Erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA) for signal amplification in C-band and S-band.

The design and applications of Raman amplifiers are also considered, including the optimization of pump wavelength and power for a given gain shape.

Design topics include:

  • Simulation of Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers
  • Designing multi-pump Raman amplifiers
  • Optimization of fiber amplifier design
  • Characterization of fiber amplifiers



     24th - 25th Oct 2023 – Photonic Components (2 days)

Get acquainted with efficient simulation techniques for circuit-level simulations by working with VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits and various VPItoolkit PDKs to design and evaluate the performance of your circuit starting from basic components and expanding to complex active and passive PICs for various applications.

During the training, you will learn how to integrate and automate modeling, optimization, and layout extraction of single building blocks and complex hierarchical circuits. Live demonstrations of the recently released Infinera, SMART Photonics, Fraunhofer-HHI, LioniX, and Ligentec process design kits (PDKs) supporting Synopsys OptoDesigner, Luceda IPKISS, Nazca Design, and Siemens EDA's S-Edit and L-Edit Photonics tools will be held by our team of simulation experts.

Design topics include:

Day 1

  • Introduction to VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits
  • Modeling of passive photonics components: waveguide-based components, MMIs, ring resonators, AWGs, MZIs
  • Modeling and characterization of opto-electronic devices: modulators, amplifiers, and lasers

Day 2

  • Heterogeneous PICs combining active and passive photonics
  • Hybrid PICs combining different technologies



     26th Oct 2023 – Self-Guided Work Day

     27th Oct 2023 – Advanced Simulation Techniques (1 day)

Enhance your simulations with advanced automation techniques and use our API for developing your own module library or for controlling the VPI PDE.

This one-day training shows you how to create modules using third-party scripting languages such as Python or MATLAB, and how to control the VPI simulation engine from outside the VPIphotonics Design Suite.

In addition, you will learn advanced automation techniques using simulation scripts and macros. There is also the opportunity to work on your own design with the support of our application engineers.

Design topics include:

  • Advanced simulation control
  • Cosimulation
  • Simulation Engine Driver
  • Design your own schematic


     30th - 31st Oct 2023 – Device Designer (2 days) – CANCELLED!

Analyze and optimize integrated photonic devices, waveguides, and optical fibers based on 2D cross-section and 3D device layouts made of real optical materials using VPIdeviceDesigner.

Within two days, you will learn how to simulate your 2D cross-section, including optical material definitions, nonuniform meshing, mode profile calculation, as well as visualization and extraction of crucial parameters.

Additionally, you will have the possibility to expand your cross-section into the 3D-shaped layout and perform BPM (Beam Propagation Method) and EME (EigenMode Expansion) simulations to visualize the mode propagation within the implemented device.

Design topics include:

Getting Started

Cross-section design (waveguide-based example)

  • Predefined and custom materials
  • Nonuniform meshing
  • Various layout shapes
  • Sweeping layout parameters
  • Best solvers for desired applications
  • Mode visualization
  • Extraction of circuit-level parameters

BPM and EME for 3D photonic integrated devices

  • Expanding the cross-section into 3D structures
  • Simulation and optimization of basic integrated components such as Waveguides, Bends, S-bends, MMIs, etc.

  • Week 1:

    Monday – Friday, 16th - 20th October 2023
  • Week 2:

    Monday – Friday, 23rd - 27th October 2023
  • Week 3:

    Monday – Tuesday, 30th - 31st October 2023
  • 7am - 1pm EDT
  • 1pm - 7pm CEST
  • Cloud-based access
  • Dedicated networking and support sessions

Each training day includes a 6-hour virtual session of lectures, guided labs, and independent work with 1-on-1 support. In addition, there are two self-guided work days with dedicated networking and support sessions.
All participants will get full cloud-based access to our software for the entire training duration (16th - 31st Oct 2023).

Registration is limited to provide attendees with direct access to our team of experts, so reserve your seat today!

Register here!