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Schematic driven silicon photonics design
Author(s): Lukas Chrostowski; Zeqin Lu; Jonas Flückiger; James Pond; Jackson Klein; Xu Wang; Sarah Li; Wei Tai; En Yao Hsu; Chan Kim; John Ferguson; Chris Cone
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Paper Abstract

Electronic circuit designers commonly start their design process with a schematic, namely an abstract representation of the physical circuit. In integrated photonics on the other hand, it is very common for the design to begin at the physical component level. In order to build large integrated photonic systems, it is crucial to design using a schematic-driven approach. This includes simulations based on schematics, schematic-driven layout, layout versus schematic verification, and post-layout simulations. This paper describes such a design framework implemented using Mentor Graphics and Lumerical Solutions design tools. In addition, we describe challenges in silicon photonics related to manufacturing, and how these can be taken into account in simulations and how these impact circuit performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9751, Smart Photonic and Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits XVIII, 975103 (3 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2220298
Show Author Affiliations
Lukas Chrostowski, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Zeqin Lu, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Jonas Flückiger, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
James Pond, Lumerical Solutions, Inc. (Canada)
Jackson Klein, Lumerical Solutions, Inc. (Canada)
Xu Wang, Lumerical Solutions, Inc. (Canada)
Sarah Li, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Wei Tai, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
En Yao Hsu, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Chan Kim, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
John Ferguson, Mentor Graphics Corp. (United States)
Chris Cone, Mentor Graphics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9751:
Smart Photonic and Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits XVIII
Sailing He; El-Hang Lee; Louay A. Eldada, Editor(s)

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