Sil­ic­on Photon­ics

Course No.: M.048.2801

Type: Project group

Credits: 9

Semester: WS & SS

Schedule and Location: t.b.a. in PANDA

Short description

Design of an electrooptical microchip


The project Silicon Photonics focusses on the design of electrooptical chips, which are widely used in communication technology, sensing applications and quantum computing.
Photonic microchips allow high data rates at low power dissipation, which allows new applications and novel systems.
Within the project, microchips are designed in industry standards, using commercially available design software for simulation and design.


  • Design of a complete electrooptical system in commercially available software
  • Design of electronic circuits (e.g. amplifiers)
  • Application of optical components out of commercial libraries,
    Design of new optical components
  • Electromagnetic field simulation with simulation software
    (e.g. CST or Ansys LUMERICAL)
  • Chip-Design in design software Cadence Virtuoso 
  • elektrooptical co-simulation


The project is divided into 5 segments:

  • Microseminar (independend selfstudy into a scientific topic, presentation)
  • Introduction into design software
  • Circuit design / design of optical components, simulation
  • Transfer of the designs into layouts
  • Documentation and presentation


If enough students apply, the students start with solving their own individual tasks, followed by a combination of all individual designs to create a full system.


Participation in one of the following lecture courses is considered mandatory for participation in this project:

  • „Schaltungstechnik“ from „Bachelor Electrical Engineering“ program of University of Paderborn.


  • "Circuit and System Design“ from „Electrical Systems Engineering“ or “Computer Engineering” programs of University of Paderborn.


  • Other relevant and comparable circuit design oriented lecture courses from another university.

Depended on the offered topics and tasks (the topics are constantly changing every semester), additional knowledge from other courses can be mandatory (courses discussing microchip design, optoelectronics and photonics).

Additionally, a successfully finished micro seminar is mandatory (the microseminar is taking place in the beginning of the project after registration in PAUL).

Teaching staff

M.Sc. Tobias Schwabe and M.Sc. Sanaz Haddadian



The following projects are offered in WS 23/24: Projects_WS2324