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Ansys Lumerical    INTERCONNECT Getting Started (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

Ansys Lumerical INTERCONNECT Getting Started is a self-paced introductory course to INTERCONNECT, a photonic integrated circuit simulator. This course is primarily intended for beginner to intermediate users, with a focus on providing practical examples to common tasks. The course covers frequently used features with the goal of giving users a basic understanding of the solver algorithms, and simulation workflow.


  • Familiarity with basic photonic integrated circuits (PIC) concepts and elements, including waveguides, ring resonators, and ring modulators.

Teaching Method

Lectures and demos. A major emphasis is placed on balanced mix of basic theoretical knowledge and helpful practical examples that will allow new users to quickly become proficient and productive with INTERCONNECT.

Learning Outcome

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic frequency- and time-domain solver algorithms and identify when each should be used.
  • Create circuits based on elements in the INTERCONNECT Element Library.
  • Add appropriate sources and analyzers.
  • Choose element properties and run the simulation.
  • Analyze and plot results.
  • Create custom circuit elements, build and publish a compact model library.
  • Install and use foundry provided compact model library.

 Available Dates

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with an Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. 

Self-paced Learning 

Complete a class on your own schedule at your own pace. Scope is equivalent to Instructor led classes. Includes video lecture, workshops and input files. All our Self-Paced video courses are only available with an Ansys Learning Hub subscription.


This is a 1.5-day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 3 x 2-hour sessions lectures only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1

Module 1: Introduction

  • Motivation for using a circuit solver
  • Circuit simulation with INTERCONNECT

Module 2: My first simulation

  • Basic workflow
  • Introduction to circuit layout editor
  • Example

Module 3: Frequency-domain simulations

  • Overview of frequency-domain simulations
  • Frequency-domain algorithm
  • Demo

Virtual Classroom Session 2

Module 4: Time-domain simulations

  • Introduction to time-domain simulations
  • Signal processing basics
  • Time-domain simulation setup
  • Transient sample mode simulation tips
  • Transient block mode simulation tips

Virtual Classroom Session 3

Module 5: Creating custom models

  • Introduction
  • S-parameter element
  • Compound element
  • Scripted element

Module 6: Creating and working with compact model libraries

  • Element library overview
  • Building and publishing custom library
  • Working with published compact model libraries