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

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

Courses can be taken individually or together as a package.

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 day includes software access and a 6-hour virtual session of lectures, guided labs, and independent work with 1-on-1 support.

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

     28th Mar 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 targets all beginners and also those who want a refresher on the basics, as you will learn how to navigate through the Photonic Design Environment (PDE), build schematics, control parameters and visualize results with VPIphotonics Analyzer (VPA).

Additionally, you will get an overview about the signal representations used and simulation techniques.

Design topics include:

  • Introduction to our products
  • Photonic Design Environment & getting started
  • Signal representation
  • Hierarchical designs
  • Sweeps and optimization
  • VPIphotonics Analyzer



     29th Mar - 30th Mar 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



     31st Mar 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


     3rd - 4th Apr 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 datacenter 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 benefits of probabilistically-shaped QAM constellations
  • Investigation of nonlinear interference noise in WDM systems



     5th Apr 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


     6th Apr 2023 – Link Engineering (1 day)

Learn different optical network topologies including protection schemes and optimize an optical network for a given traffic demand using our Link Engineering Solutions.

In this training, you will learn the basic aspects of the design process and 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:

  • Different network topologies
  • Design a simple optical network
  • Optimize a network topology for given traffic demand


     14th Apr 2023 (shifted) – Device Designer (1 day)

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 a single day, 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 a BPM (Beam Propagation Method) and EigenMode Expansion (EME) 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 of basic integrated components such as Waveguides, Bends, S-bends, etc.

  • Week 1:

    Tuesday – Friday, 28th - 31st March 2023
  • Week 2:

    Monday – Thursday, 3rd - 6th April 2023
  • Week 3:

    Friday, 14th April 2023
  • 9am - 3pm EDT (UTC -4)
  • Cloud-based access
  • Dedicated networking session

Each day includes software access and a 6-hour virtual session of lectures, guided labs, and independent work with 1-on-1 support.

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

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