Impact on Teaching and Education

The subject areas of microelectronics and photonics in teaching and education including research and applications are well represented by the four I3-HELIOS partner institutes. All institutes are actively involved in designing and teaching within the Master's programs in Electrical Engineering and the International Master's Program Microelectronics and Microsystems, in which many practice-oriented teaching contents and practical courses are already integrated. The rapid developments in microelectronics and integrated optics, especially with the rise of silicon photonics technology building a bridge to integrate electronics and photonics on next-generation micro-chips, are also well covered by updating the syllabus and inclusion of novel lectures.

The promotion of young scientists is a cornerstone and a special concern of all participating institutions representing a major key to sustainability, success, and continuity for I3-HELIOS. Hence, the assistant researchers are also supported in good teaching practice and research-based learning approaches by the I3 Pro-TeachING program with selected workshops on "Higher Education & Engineering Pedagogy" and "Research-Based Learning techniques". This enables personal development of students, PhDs, and Postdocs at all levels of education and training.

In view of the increasingly rapid pace of technological developments and digitalization an early involvement of students in interdisciplinary research topics is enormously important. That is why it is becoming increasingly important to involve the Master's students in the current research topics of I3-HELIOS at an early stage and thus enable them to find their way into good research practice and to gather relevant practical hands-on skills for working at industrial partners. Our Research projects offer constantly interesting scientific questions which can be investigated independently as bachelor, master's project work or final master thesis. Recent topics at I3-HELIOS can be requested at our partner websites (Link). Numerous student research works covering theoretical and practical research aspects within the areas of microelectronics and photonics have already been completed or are still progressing within the framework of this I3-Lab as listed below:

[S1]Mohammad Haifawi, “Bragg grating reflectors for lateral confinement of light in 2D integrating cell,” Master Thesis, Aug. 2018.
[S2]Puja Dutta, “A Study on the Optimization of the Transformation from Slab to PhC mode,” Project work (25.02.2019).
[S3]Cem Gülsan, “Asymmetric Magneto-Optical Waveguides with Nonreciprocal Phase Shift,” Bachelor Thesis (01.07.2019).
[S4]Prashanth Pillamari, “Characterization of 2D Integrating Cell on chip,” Project work (09.09.2019).
[S5]Stefan Jarosch, “Modelling and Transfer of Graphene-Monolayers for Integrated-Optical Systems,” Master Thesis, Oct. 2019.
[S6]Hendrik Dankers, “Untersuchung der optischen Bistabilität in integriert-optischen Resonatoren aus abgeschiedenem Silizium,” Bachelorarbeit, Nov. 2019.
[S7]Nikhil Ouseph, “Asymmetric Two-Dimensional Magneto-Optical Waveguides with Nonreciprocal Phase Shift,” Project work (16.12.2019).
[S8]Danny Jordan, Parameter Analysis of a tunable photonic Mach-Zehnder Interferometer in Silicon and Vanadium dioxide,“ Bachelor Thesis, March 2020.
[S9]Anurag Ashim, “Design of a driver circuit for Mach-Zehnder modulators with data rates up to 20 Gbps implemented in a 90 nm SOI CMOS process”, Master thesis, April 2020.
[S10]Reyhaneh Rajabigamchi, “Applications of Graphene in Integrated Photonics: A Review on State-of-Art,” Master Research Project, June 2020.
[S11]Lars Meyer, “Electromagnetic Emission Simulation of an Optical Transceiver in the Human Brain,” Master Research project, Aug. 2020.
[S12]Max Lennard Runge, “ Design of an Integrated Pulse Width Modulation Driver for Micro LED Arrays”, Master Research Project, Sept. 2020.
[S13]Jonas Dominique Hasmann, “Entwicklung einer Auswertungs- und Steuerungs-plattform für CMOS-integrierte Einzelphotonendetektoren,” Bachelorarbeit, Oct. 2020.
[S14]Maximilian Helmich, “Hierarchical Approaches for Modeling and Simulation of near Fields around Brain Implants”, Bachelor Thesis, Dec. 2020.
[S15]Eileen Trunczyk, “Using a Huygens' Box Approach to Simulate Electromagnetic Fields around Human Brain Implants”, Master Research project, Jan. 2021.
[S16]Lukas Rennpferdt, “ Systementwurf und Charakterisierung eines integriert optischen Wellenlängen-Analysators für medizinische Lab-on-Chip Anwendungen“, Master Thesis, Jan. 2021.
[S17]Kilian Makswit, “Aufbau und eines semi-automatischen Messaufbaus für die Ankopplung integriert photonischer Schaltungen mit Faser-Arrays“, Bachelor Thesis, Feb. 2021.