Building tomorrow society: NanoElectronics & Photonics Summer School

Nano-electronics, Photonics, and More than Moore technologies such as MEMS are three of nowadays “Key Enabling Technologies”.
The Summer School aims at providing an introduction to micro&nano devices and photonics, with a hands-on approach that alternates lectures and experimental activities. The applicative focus will be mainly on the uses of these technologies in pervasive sensing, one of the pillars to enable “smart” applications, such as structural health monitoring, condition based maintenance, home automation...
During the week, students will be involved in the characterization of micro&nano devices and in the design and realization of an all-optical fiber sensor.

Participants will receive 4 ECTS credits upon successful completion of a final exam.


Politecnico di Torino, Italy


July 9th - 13th, 2018


All the activities will be held in English


The program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of a Bachelor program in ICT (Electronics, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, Physics).

Application and deadlines

Information on timing and modalities for application and on the participation fee will be available soon on this page.


Day 1

Lecture: application domains of nano-electronics and photonics. Introduction to the applications of Photonics: from the "obvious" application in optical communications - this has been and still currently is the main driver that pushes the development of photonic devices - to the probably less known, but nevertheless rapidly growing, applications in industry and in medicine. For example, it will be presented how the currently hot topic of "Industry 4.0" strongly relies on pillars in which Photonics plays a relevant role.

Day 2

Lecture: design and fabrication of micro/nano-electronic components, example of MEMS devices;
Lab: CAD tools for micro&nano devices, and measurements using commercial MEMS devices.

Day 3

Lecture: photonics for sensing. Following the introduction of Day 1 morning, a more in depth analysis of the working principles of photonic sensors will be presented, with particular attention to fiber-based devices. First, an introduction to optical fibers will be provided, then examples of intensity-based, interferometric, polarimetric and Bragg grating sensors in fiber technology will be givenn;
Lab: use of basic instruments (e.g. oscilloscopes and acquisition boards) and fundamentals of signal processing (filtering of data, FFT) and design of the optical sensor. Students will be divided in groups and, with the help of tutors, they will work on the design of a fiber optic sensor, chosen as a representative example of one of the technological approaches presented during the morning lecture.

Day 4

Lecture: photonics for communications;
Lab: assembly and testing of the selected optical sensor. Students will be again divided into groups, and they will participate in the fabrication of the sensor designed and analyzed during the previous day lab. They will then conduct characterization tests using the lab facilities.

Day 5

Visit to a research labor or a HighTech company.

Exam, grading, and final ceremony.


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