Photonic integrated circuit

By Prof. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja   |   IISc Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 521
This is a graduate-level course for those who are interested in Lightwave/photonic circuits. The course introduces essential concepts required to understand the operation of various integrated photonic components and draws a parallel with bulk components. This course will cover theory, design, fabrication, and application aspects of photonic materials and devices. In addition to lectures, a selection of demonstration of device fabrication and characterisation will be presented.

PREREQUISITES : Introduction to Photonics
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT : Intel, IBM, Google, Facebook, Lumentum, Lumerical, Photon Design, Comsol. Ceana, Tejas Networks, DRDO, ISRO, DAE labs.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Photonics
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Review of Electromagnetic Waves
Week 2: Photonic integrated circuits: an introduction
Week 3: Material technology for integrated optics
Week 4: Introduction to guided wave optics
Week 5: Integrated optical waveguide design
Week 6: Coupling light in a waveguide system
Week 7: Integrated photonic Passive devices
Week 8: Integrated photonic Active devices
Week 9: Semiconductor Light sources and Photodetectors
Week 10: Material engineering and fabrication
Week 11: APhotonic integrated circuit technology: Silicon, III-V and beyond
Week 12: Application of Photonic circuit in Communication and Sensing

Books and references

• Fundamentals of Photonics, B.E.A Saleh and M.C. Teich, Wiley, New York, 1991
• Photonic Devices. Cambridge, J. Liu, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
• Fundamentals of Optoelectronics, Clifford R. Pollock, Irwin, 1995.
• Diode Lasers and Photonic Integrated Circuits, Larry A. Coldren Scott W. Corzine Milan L. Mašanović, Wiley-Interscience.
• Course slides and supplement reading material.

Instructor bio

Prof. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja

IISc Bangalore
Prof.Shankar Kumar Selvaraja obtained B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering from Dr. MCET, Pollachi, Bharathiar University, M.E. Optical Communication from College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, M. S. Microelectronics and Microsystems from University of Twente, The Netherlands and Ph.D. in Photonics Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium in 2011. His doctoral thesis was carried out at imec (inter-university microelectronics center), Leuven, Belgium on wafer-scale fabrication technology for Silicon photonic integrated circuits. He was supported by Dehouse doctoral grant and scientific leadership training award to conduct his doctoral work. Between 2011 and 2014, he worked at imec, Belgium developing next-generation microprocessor for high-speed computing using Silicon photonic integrated circuits. He has spent a decade in the area of silicon photonic developing state-of-the-art process and device technology for Silicon Complementary-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) compatible photonic integrated circuit for high-speed optical interconnect. Dr.Shankar Kumar Selvaraja joined Centre for Nano Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in 2014 as an Assistant Professor, where he is heading the Photonics Research Laboratory. He is currently deputy chairman of the National Nanofabrication Center at IISc. He was awarded Early Career Research Award by Department of Science and Technology-Science and Engineering Research Board (DST-SERB), Government of Indian. In 2014, he was awarded Sir Visvesvaraya Young Faculty Research Fellowship by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India. He is a senior member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Member of OSA (Optical Society of America) and SPIE. His current area of research includes high-speed Si photonics, Silicon Nitride photonics circuits, microwave photonics, and on-chip mic-IR sensing technology.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IISc Bangalore.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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