11-12 December 2001


The course is suitable for science graduates with little knowledge of integrated or fibre optics. It takes the delegates through the fundamentals of guided wave optics (how and why waveguides and fibres work), to the basics of optical systems, and also includes information on fabrication techniques for Silicon on Insulator (SOI) wafers, and the operation of several silicon based optical devices.

Comments from Delegates who attended previous courses on Silicon on Insulator Photonics include:

“All the sections are relevant, interesting and useful”
“Content – very good, Notes – excellent”
“Well run and presented”
“Notes are very good – will serve as a useful reference”
“Provides a simple, yet comprehensive summary”…….. ”a very good reference for understanding the basic issues and technical challenges”

This project received funding from the SEEDA Fund for Learning and Skills

Provisional Timetable

08:30 Registration
09:00 The basics of guided waves(GTR) 09:00 SOI Photonics II (GTR)
10:30 Coffee 10:30 Coffee
11:00 Characteristics of Optical fibres for communications (GTR) 11:00 Optical Systems I (TGJ)
12:30 Lunch 12:30 Lunch
13:30 Silicon on Insulator structures and fabrication (PLFH) 13:30 Optical Systems II (TGJ)
15:00 Coffee 15:00 Coffee
15:30 SOI Photonics I (GTR) 15:30 Phase modulators and arrayed waveguide gratings (GTR)
17:00 Close 17:00 Close

Key: GTR - Professor Graham Reed; PLFH - Professor Peter Hemment; TGJ - Mr Tony Jeans

The Lecturers

Professor Graham T Reed BSc, PhD, MIEE, CEng
Professor Reed is responsible for initiating research activity in the UK in the field of silicon-on-insulator optical circuits. Based on the work at Surrey, Dr Andrew Rickman (Professor Reed's PhD student) started Bookham Technology PLC. Now a multi-million pound company, Bookham Technology was floated on the London Stock Exchange in April 2000. Dr Rickman has recently been quoted as saying "Work on Silicon Optical Circuits was started in the UK by Graham Reed at the University of Surrey. Bookham Technology have built on this work to develop a unique photonics business". Professor Reed's research group at Surrey have continued to work in the field of SOI photonics, have made several major contributions, and is well known internationally. Professor Reed has published in excess of 70 refereed and invited publications, and has contributed to approximately 40 conference papers. He has also attracted multi-million pound funding to his research activity at Surrey.

Professor Peter Hemment BSc, PhD, DSc, EurIng, F Inst P, FIEE, MIEEE, C Eng, C Phys
Peter Hemment holds a University Professorial Research Fellowship in the School of Electronic Engineering, Information Technology and Mathematics. He has thirty years experience of semiconductor processing, specialising in the application of ion beams for the modification and analysis of silicon and related materials. His research initially caused him to address the engineering issues of close control, purity and uniformity, then during the 1980’s he investigated compound synthesis by high dose reactive ion implantation and was instrumental in the development of SOI/SIMOX technology. Peter is internationally recognised for his contribution to the development of SIMOX technology. Subsequently he has investigated applications of SOI materials and his current research interest is the generation and control of extended defects in synthesised Si/SiGe/Si heterostructures, suitable for MOS and BiPolar device applications, formed by Ge+ implantation into silicon.
He has acted as a consultant to the silicon industry and has played an active role in the management of major EU programmes (Adequat, SUSTAIN) and currently participates in EPSRC (SiGeHBT, SOI power) and EU projects (SiGMOS/EURACCESS). He is the Programme Director for the IGDS Postgraduate Masters Programme ‘Advanced Silicon Processing and Manufacturing Technologies’.

Mr Tony G Jeans, MA, MSc
After working in industry on guided weapons design Tony Jeans joined the University as a lecturer in Telecommunications and now holds the position of Director of Teaching for the School of Electronics, Computing and Mathematics. Tony has lectured on Telecommunications & Digital Signal Processing at both BSc and MSc levels.  Tony has given numerous short courses including, Satellite Communications, Modern Digital Communications, Advance RF Circuit and System Design, Silicon Photonics and Digital Signal Processing – both on a public and bespoke basis. In addition, he has performed extensive consultancy in DSP and Digital Communications both for the MOD and commercial organisations.

His research interests are software defined radios and he has been involved in the recent European Union project SORT relating to multi-system software radios.



    Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes:

        £695 - Standard rate
        £660 - Early Bird rate (for registration prior to 11 November 2001)

    To reserve a place on the above course please complete this Registration Form

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Photonics Circuits - a 2-day Introduction

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Barbara Steel: 3 October 2001