Dr. Ahsan Alam is a Lead R&D Engineer at Ansys. His areas of expertise include simulation and modeling of solid state electronic and photonic devices and circuits. As the lead for photonic foundry engagements, he collaborates with foundry partners on various projects ranging from PDK development to photonic ecosystem development. He is also involved in the development of Ansys Lumerical’s system suite and plays the role of a product manager.
Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) have become a key platform for quantum computing due to the low decoherent nature of photons, the capability of room temperature operation, the integration of a large number of qubits onto a chip, and compatibility with silicon chip fabrication. Designing a quantum photonic circuit critically depends on our ability to design high-quality lasers and robust components against manufacturing and environmental variations and on making the design process of these circuits accessible to a broader community of engineers with little to no background in quantum mechanics. The latest advancements at Ansys on Electronic Photonic Design Automation (EPDA) and the introduction of solvers like qINTERCONNECT have put us in a great position to make that happen.