How to get into optical / photonics integrated circuits design engineering?
Hello all, trying to get insight in how to be a part of optical communications systems, particularly in the electronics/mixed signal IC design. Also think it’s really cool to be part of optical quantum computing arising from photonics IC’s / optical IC’s. I think laser comms are fascinating, I’ve just found out about optical IC design engineers, my goodness I couldn’t think of a cooler job. Yet, also not sure how niche this is, for example a google search for this only pops up 5 total jobs. If I can get into this field with RFIC, I’ll pursue an RFIC focuses masters (MSEE) and try to transition.
I’m very interested in analog electronics/IC’s, so I’m pursuing RFIC for my masters EE focus. I’ve seen a few jobs optical IC jobs where they want an anlog IC/ RFIC/ mixed signal design engineer, with just some familiarity in optics. So I may try a RFIC masters, and just take a couple optics EE courses for breadth and familiarity. Trying to seek input on if RFIC can get me into chip design for laser optical comms systems? Or would I need to do photonic electronics? I’m fascinated by the upcoming space laser comms systems coming out, and really have a passion for my career into space engineering. Trying to find out if RFIC can get me into space laser comms . Very interested in RFIC too.