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Integration of photonic design tools

Research Area: Design and Modeling for Integrated Photonics

Main Researcher: Wim Bogaerts

With the advent of nanophotonics, integrated design tools for photonic circuits have become a real need. While already there is a wealth of electromagnetic simulation tools (either rigourous or using approximations) these are often not integrated with design tools.

The aim of this work is to make design tools and simulation tools interoperable where possible to allow for closed-loop optimization of photonic circuits. This includes the simulation of actual fabrication methods, as well as simulation of the optical behaviour.

For the overall interface, we make heavy use of python, as this language offers comprehensive science libraries as well as interfaces to many existing software tools. Also, there is a strong in-house python know-how, with the development of CAMFR, IPKISS and other software tools.

By using a unified refresentation of a photonic structure, the design can be simulated as well as virtually fabricated.
By using a unified refresentation of a photonic structure, the design can be simulated as well as virtually fabricated.

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Related Research Projects


    International Journals

  1. S. Dwivedi, A. Ruocco, M. Vanslembrouck, T. Spuesens, P. Bienstman, P. Dumon, T. Van Vaerenbergh, W. Bogaerts, Experimental Extraction of Effective Refractive Index and Thermo-Optic Coefficients of Silicon-On-Insulator Waveguides using Interferometers, Journal of Lightwave Technology , 33(21), p.4471 - 4477  (2015)  Download this Publication (854KB).
  2. W. Bogaerts, M. Fiers, P. Dumon, Design Challenges in Silicon Photonics, J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron., 20(4), p.1-8 (2014)  Download this Publication (363KB).
  3. M. Fiers, E. Lambert, S. Pathak, P. Dumon, B. Maes, P. Bienstman, W. Bogaerts, Improving the design cycle for nanophotonic components, Journal of Computational Science, 4(5), p.313-324 (2013)  Download this Publication (2.9MB).
  4. D. Vermeulen, Y. De Koninck, Y. Li, W. Bogaerts, R. Baets, G. Roelkens, Reflectionless grating couplers for SOI photonic integrated circuits , Optics Express, p.22278-22283 (2012)  Download this Publication (1.1MB).
  5. M. Fiers, T. Van Vaerenbergh, K. Caluwaerts, D. Vande Ginste, B. Schrauwen, J. Dambre, P. Bienstman, Time-domain and frequency-domain modeling of nonlinear optical components on circuit-level using a node-based approach, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 29(5), p.896900 (2012)  Download this Publication (482KB).
  6. E. Lambert, M. Fiers, S. Nizamov, M. Tassaert, S. G. Johnson, P. Bienstman, W. Bogaerts, Python bindings for the open source electromagnetic simulator MEEP., Computing in Science and Engineering, 13(3), p.53-65 (2011)  Download this Publication (1.3MB).
  7. W. Bogaerts, P. Bradt, L. Vanholme, P. Bienstman, R. Baets, Closed-loop modeling of silicon nanophotonics from design to fabrication and back again , Optical and Quantum Electronics, 40(11), p.801-811 (2009)  Download this Publication (309KB).
  8. P. Bienstman, L. Vanholme, W. Bogaerts, P. Dumon, P. Vandersteegen, Python in Nanophotonics Research, Computing in Science & Engineering, 9(3), p.46-47 (2007)  Download this Publication (278KB).
      International Conferences

    1. W. Bogaerts, Scaling Up Silicon Photonic Circuits: Where Are the Challenges?, International Workshop on Optical/Photonic Interconnects for Computing Systems (OPTICS Workshop) (invited), 3, Switzerland, (2017)  Download this Publication (275KB).
    2. W. Bogaerts, Challenges for Designing Large-scale Integrated Photonics, European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO) / Workshop on Optical Waveguide Theory an Numerical Modeling (OWTNM) (invited), Poland, p.OWTNM-I-01 (2016)  Download this Publication (268KB).
    3. W. Bogaerts, Silicon Photonics: Designing for Complexity, HiPEAC Computing Systems Week (invited), Italy, (2015).
    4. T. Van Vaerenbergh, M. Fiers, J. Dambre, P. Bienstman, Simulation of nonlinear optical resonator circuits, NUSOD 2014, Spain, p.103-104 (2014)  Download this Publication (1.6MB).
    5. W. Bogaerts, Design Challenges in Large-Scale Silicon Photonics, Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices (NUSOD) (invited), Canada, p.TuA1, 63-64 (2013)  Download this Publication (265KB).
    6. W. Bogaerts, P. Dumon, Merging Silicon Photonics and Electronics: A design challenge, Design Automation Conference, United States, (2013).
    7. W. Bogaerts, Design Challenges in Silicon Photonics, International Symposium on Photonics and Optoelectronics (SOPO2013) (invited), China, (2013)  Download this Publication (209KB).
    8. W. Bogaerts, Y. Li, S. Pathak, A. Ruocco, M. Fiers, A. Ribeiro, E. Lambert, P. Dumon, Integrated design for integrated photonics: from the physical to the circuit level and back , Proc. SPIE 8781, Integrated Optics: Physics and Simulations (invited), Czech Republic, p.878102 (2013)  Download this Publication (2.2MB).
    9. W. Bogaerts, P. Dumon, M. Fiers, A. Ribeiro, M. Vanslembrouck, Silicon photonics integrated design, Fiber Optics and Photonics 2012 (invited), India, p.M.2.B.1 (2012)  Download this Publication (2.2MB).
    10. M. Fiers, T. Van Vaerenbergh, K. Caluwaerts, J. Dambre, P. Bienstman, CAPHE: Time-domain and Frequency-domain Modeling of Nonlinear Optical Components, Advanced Photonics Congress, 2012 OSA, United States, p.paper IM2B.3 (2012)  Download this Publication (339KB).
    11. E. Lambert, M. Fiers, W. Bogaerts, D. Vermeulen, P. Bienstman, A Python Software Framework for the Design of Photonic Integrated Circuits, EuroScipy 2010, France, (2010)  Download this Publication (1.3MB).
    12. W. Bogaerts, L. Vanholme, P. Bradt, P. Bienstman, Closed-loop Modeling of Silicon Nanophotonics: From Design to Fabrication and back again, ECIO / OWTNM 2008 (invited), Netherlands, p.FrD2 (2008)  Download this Publication (264KB).

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