ESL Short Courses registration now open to extended Ohio State community

Posted: July 14, 2020

Each summer, the ElectroScience Laboratory at The Ohio State University offers instruction on key topics of interest through its ESL Short Courses programming. Instruction for these courses is administered by renowned faculty and researchers from ESL and Ohio State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

This year, for the first time, ESL Short Courses will transition to an entirely virtual format. Along with the virtual shift, ESL has announced it will open course registration to Ohio State’s extended community of students, faculty, researchers, and staff. 

Courses are designed for engineers, technicians, and others interested in learning about specialized topics. Traditionally, programming is limited to ESL affiliates — either through its Consortium on Electromagnetics and Radio Frequencies (CERF) or the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

A list of courses scheduled to occur Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6, is available below. Individuals can register for multiple courses — all of which are free of charge. 

Register by clicking the link associated with the course(s) you'd like to take. After registering, you'll receive an automated email with your access link via Zoom. Please register by Friday, July 31. 

Wednesday, August 5

Ayman Fayed

Switching Noise Mitigation Techniques for DC-DC Power Converters Powering RF and Analog Circuit Loads
Wednesday, August 5  |  8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Instructor: Ayman Fayed
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Abstract: 
Due to their high power conversion efficiency, DC-DC power converters are very attractive for realizing power supplies within RF, Analog and Mixed-Signal System-on-Chip (SoCs). However, the large switching noise they produce can significantly degrade the performance of the noise-sensitive analog and RF functions within the SoC. This short course will discuss the different mechanisms by which power supply switching noise can couple into analog/RF circuit loads, along with the various mitigations techniques adopted in the industry. Click here to register

 


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CubeSats: Revolutionizing Access to Space-Based Research
Wednesday, August 5  |  8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Instructor: Christopher Ball
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Abstract: 
In recent years, the proliferation of small satellites known as "CubeSats" has introduced a new paradigm for access to space for research purposes. This course will examine the underlying technology of CubeSats and provide examples of how they are used. In addition, the process of developing, testing, launching, and operating a CubeSat will be described, drawing upon recent CubeSat missions. Unique aspects of CubeSat systems, such as size/power constraints, mission duration, payloads, and constellations will be discussed, along with a view toward the future of CubeSat technology and missions. Click here to register


Ayman Fayed

Integrated Dynamic Power Supplies for Mixed-Signal SoCs
Wednesday, August 5  |  1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Ayman Fayed 
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Abstract: 
With the increasing demand for a larger number of efficient power supplies with fast dynamic operation within mixed-signal Systems-on-Chip (SoCs), there is a need for developing high-frequency switching power regulators with small passive components that can be integrated on-chip or co-packaged with the SoC. This short course will discuss the various techniques used to design such power supplies taking into account factors such as design complexity, silicon area, efficiency, and dynamic performance. Click here to register


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Millimeter-Wave Photonics
Wednesday, August 5  |  1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Richard Ridgway
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Abstract: 
Radar and communication systems are moving to the millimeter-wave portion of the spectrum as a means on improving resolution and data capacity. This short course will explore the convergence of millimeter-wave components, such as antennas, amplifiers and mixers; photonic components, such as laser diodes, electrooptic modulators and photodetectors; for applications including antenna remoting, low-phase-noise, millimeter-wave communications and interference rejection. Click here to register


Thursday, August 6

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Numeric Simulation of Planar Lightwave Circuits
Thursday, August 6  |  8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Instructor: David Nippa
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Abstract: 
This short course will introduce numeric approaches for predicting how light propagates through planar lightwave circuits. These devices are analogous to electrical circuits. They are used in components that make up our telecommunicaiton infrastructure, such as high speed optical modulators, optical switches and arrayed waveguide gratings. This course will introduce optical waveguide modes and applications of the finite difference method to solve Maxwell's equations. It will provide insights into the use of commerical simulation software that apply the finite difference time-domain (FDTD) and the finite difference beam propagation method (FDBPM). Click here to register


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Spaceborne Remote Sensing
Thursday, August 6  |  8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Instructor: Christopher Ball
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Abstract: 
Remote sensing from satellite platforms offers a unique view of our planet and has revolutionized defense, meteorology, and Earth science applications. This course will provide an overview of spaceborne remote sensing, including platforms, sensor technologies, and applications. The history of spaceborne remote sensing will be explored, and examples of specific remote sensing missions will be presented to illustrate key technologies. In addition, the course will examine current trends and will comment on future satellite and sensor technologies as well as new missions they will enable. Click here to register


Caglar Yardim

Atmospheric Electromagnetic Propagation
Thursday, August 6  |  1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Caglar Yardim
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Abstract: 
Atmospheric conditions strongly influence the EM links between the transmitter and receiver in communications systems or radar and target in a radar application. Receive an overview of electromagnetic principles for all communication and radar systems operating in the atmosphere that use propagation mechanisms such as line-of-sight, ground wave, tropospheric, ionospheric, satellite-to-earth, and non-standard atmospheric propagation. Click here to register


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Classical and Quantum Integrated Photonics
Thursday, August 6  |  1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Ronald Reano
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Abstract: 
Integrated photonics is the application of thin-films to optical circuits and devices to achieve high-performance optical systems with advantages in miniaturization, mechanical stability, and economies of scale. This short course introduces the fundamentals of integrated photonics designed to exploit fundamental linear and nonlinear optical effects in the classical and quantum domains. Applications in sensing, communications, and RF photonics will be discussed. Click here to register