QIP Sponsored Online Short Term Course on

Photonics and Photovoltaics:

Devices, Circuits, and Metrology

December 11-24, 2020


Course Coordinators: Ramesh Kumar Sonkar and Arun Tej Mallajosyula


Contact Details: Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering,

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati,

Guwahati, Assam 781 039

Phone: 0361-2582535 (O)

Fax: 0361-2582542

Email: sonkar@iitg.ac.in




The scope of the proposed short-term course includes basic and general concepts in optoelectronics, photonics, photovoltaics, photonic integrated circuits, plasmonics, and optical measurement techniques. Basics of semiconductor device physics, which are essential for understanding the subsequent lectures, will be reviewed in the initial lectures. Separate lectures will be dedicated to each optical component to cover from basic design to introducing advanced concepts wherever necessary. The operation of various passive and active photonic devices will be discussed including their design techniques and performance analysis. The basics of solar energy and the operation of solar cells will be discussed. Efficiency determining parameters and loss mechanisms will be discussed in detail. Various types of solar cells from first generation to the fourth generation will be introduced along with the recent and future trends. These include both crystalline as well as thin film devices, with focus towards the more recent technologies such as nanostructured solar cells. An overview of fabless photonics integrated circuits design principles and tools will be given. The lectures would include design of passive photonic integrated circuits such as waveguides, bends, power combiners/splitters, directional couplers, and optical networks. The lectures will also discuss electro-optic modulator and photodetector, which are the two main active devices required for a photonics transceivers. Optical measurement techniques have witnessed an increasing trend in the range of applications with the advents of laser and recording devices such as CCD cameras. Optical techniques offers specific advantages in comparison to other measurement techniques, for example, non-contact, full-field, non-destructive, high sensitivity and low cost. Representative optical measurement techniques such as digital speckle interferometry, digital holography, digital Image correlation, etc. will be discussed. Fundamentals of nanophotonics and applications of plasmonics including methods of tuning surface plasmon resonance, methods for theoretical modelling and simulation of nanophotonic devices involving nanoparticle arrays, metamaterials and metasurfaces, cloaking and invisibility with metamaterials, promises of nanophotonics with new alternative materials and with deep learning will also be covered. The laboratory sessions will cover simulation of various optoelectronic devices covered in the theory classes.

This short-term course on Photonics and Photovoltaics: Devices, Circuits, and Metrology will be held in an online mode over MS Team.


The course is open to the faculty members/researchers of AICTE approved engineering colleges, practicing engineers from industries and government organizations/departments. No course fee would be charged for participants sponsored by AICTE approved institutions. Participants (teachers or non-teachers) from other government and private organizations are eligible provided they pay a course fee of 2,500/- for government organizations and 5,000/- for private organizations. The payment is to be made by Netbanking / UPI if selected. Details will be mailed to the selected participants.


Online form can be submitted through the link.


All the registered participants will get E-certificate after successful completion of the course.


Important Dates


Last date for the receipt of duly sponsored application: 7th December, 2020

Intimation of Selection: 8th December 2020

List of selected Participants (to be uploaded after 8th December 2020)

Course Contents

The program would be broadly covering the following topics of relevance:

         Review of Semiconductor Device Physics

         Photovoltaics Devices

         Photonics devices

         Optical Communication System

         Optical Modulators, Multiplexers

         Hands-on session of different device simulation platforms

         Photonics Integrated Circuits

         Passive PIC Waveguides

         Passive PIC Power Combiner, Coupler

         Active PIC

         Speckle Metrology

         Digital Holography

         Digital Fringe Projection Profilometry

         Fundamentals of Nanophotonics & applications of Plasmonics: Methods of tuning surface plasmon resonance

         Methods for theoretical modelling and simulation of nanophotonic devices involving nanoparticle arrays

         Metamaterials and Metasurfaces: A brief Overview and applications

         Cloaking and Invisibility with metamaterials: Basics of Transformation Optics

         Promises of nanophotonics with new alternative materials and with deep learning

Complete Program Details (to be uploaded after 8th December 2020)

Click here to download complete program details and lecture schedules.


About IIT Guwahati

The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the sixth member of the IIT fraternity, was established in 1994 and academic programs commenced in 1995. At present the Institute has eleven departments covering the major engineering and science disciplines. With one of the most beautiful campuses in the continent, the infrastructure for teaching and carrying out advanced research is world class, being equipped with state-of-the-art engineering and scientific instruments. The IIT Guwahati campus stands on a sprawling 285 hectares of land on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra.

The campus is about 25 km from the heart of the city. With the majestic Brahmaputra on one side, and hills and vast open spaces on the other side, the campus provides an ideal setting for learning. The city of Guwahati is the gateway to North East India and connected with many major cities in the country by rail and air. Buses (from Pan Bazar overbridge), auto-rickshaws and taxi are available from Guwahati City to the IIT Guwahati Campus.



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