387.094 Photonic Integrated Circuits
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to not only demonstrating a profound understanding of the principles and design of integrated photonic components and circuits but also independently designing and simulating complex photonic circuits. They will be equipped with the necessary skills to develop innovative solutions for current challenges in areas such as telecommunications, microwave electronics, automotive applications, and optical data processing.

Subject of course

Photonic integrated circuits represent a fascinating field within optoelectronics, enabling the integration of various photonic components and functionalities on a single chip. In this course, students will not only grasp the fundamental principles of integrated photonic components and circuits but also acquire in-depth knowledge of their design and application.

Photonics integrated circuits combine optical elements such as waveguides, optical filters, multiplexers, modulators, photodetectors, light sources, and many others on a single substrate. This integration not only results in a smaller system footprint but also contributes to the enhancement of performance and efficiency. Students will learn how to arrange these components in a cohesive circuit to realize complex functions, whether for data transmission in telecommunications, precise distance measurement in automotive applications using LIDAR technology, or optical data processing.

A key focus of the course is the practical application of modern simulation tools to support the design process, verify the functionality of designed components and circuits, and create circuit layouts. Students will become acquainted with the latest simulation methods and tools such as COMSOL and Nazca Design, enabling a realistic and efficient assessment of the performance of their photonic designs.

Through a blend of theoretical foundations, hands-on design exercises, and simulation experiences, students will be well-prepared for a professional career in the photonics industry.

Teaching methods

course presentation by lecturer(s), homework, project work

Mode of examination


Additional information


Limitation to 10 participants

Lecture starts 13.3.2024 at 16:15h



Course dates

Wed16:00 - 18:0013.03.2024Seminarraum 387 1st lecture: Photonics wires
Wed16:00 - 18:0020.03.2024Seminarraum 387 2nd lecture: Passive photonic components
Wed16:00 - 18:0020.03.2024Seminarraum 363 ERSATZRAUM / AUSWEICHRAUM- 2nd lecture: Passive photonic components
Wed16:00 - 18:0010.04.2024Seminarraum 387 3rd lecture: Simulation tools 1
Wed16:00 - 18:0017.04.2024Seminarraum 387 4th lecture: Simulation tools 2
Wed16:00 - 18:0024.04.2024Seminarraum 387 5th lecture: Active photonic components
Wed16:00 - 18:0008.05.2024Seminarraum 387 6th lecture: Photonic integrated circuits
Fri23:59 - 23:5910.05.2024 TUWELHomework due
Wed16:00 - 18:0005.06.2024Seminarraum 387 Q&A session
Wed12:00 - 12:0019.06.2024 TUWELProjectwork due
Wed16:00 - 18:0019.06.2024Seminarraum 387 Presentation/discussion of project results

Examination modalities

homework, design of a photonic integrated circuitusing state-of-the-art CAD tools, final presentation of project results

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.03.2024 00:00 20.03.2024 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 508 Microelectronics and Photonics Mandatory elective
710 FW Elective Courses - Electrical Engineering Not specified


Lecture notes will be provided for enrolled students

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of photonics