NSU Lectures on Low-Field Transport: Lecture 0

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A clear understanding of near equilibrium carrier transport is essential for working on materials and devices. The field is an old one that has been treated in classic textbook, but with the rapid development of nanoscience and technology, the field is changing. An understanding of transport in quantum confined structures is now essential, and a clear understanding of ballistic transport as well as diffusive transport is also necessary. In the future, electronics will increasingly involve th use of nanostructured materials and nanoscale devices, and familiar concepts like effective mass and band structure may not apply. "Electronics from Bottom Up" is an initiative to re-think electronic devices beginning at the molecular and nanoscales and working up to the micro and macroscales. We find this approach much simpler to understand than the traditional approach and mire physically sound at the nanoscale.


Mark Lundstrom directs the National Science Foundations Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) and is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1973 and 1974, respectively and joined the Purdue faculty upon completing his doctorate on the West Lafayette campus in 1980. Before attending Purdue, he worked at Hewlett-Packard Corporation on MOS process development and manufacturing. At Purdue, he has worked on solar cells, heterostructure devices, carrier transport physics, and his current research interests focus on the physics and technology of nanoscale devices. In the 1990s, Lundstrom co-founded (with his colleagues, Nirav Kapadia and Jose Fortes, the PUNCH project, which provided online simulation services for research and education in micro and nanoelectronics. That work led to the NCN, which now serves the nanotechnology community worldwide. He is the author of two books, Fundamentals of Carrier Transport (2nd Ed., Cambridge, 2000) and Nanoscale Transistors: Device Physics, Modeling, and Simulation (Springer, 2005). Lundstrom is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has received several awards for his teaching and research, and was recently elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

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  • Mohammad Mayy; Mark Lundstrom (2010), "NSU Lectures on Low-Field Transport: Lecture 0," http://nanohub.org/resources/9258.

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