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Progress in technology has brought microelectronics to the nanoscale, but nanoelectronics is not yet a well-defined engineering discipline with a coherent, experimentally verified, theoretical framework. The NCN has a vision for a new, 'bottom-up' approach to electronics, which involves: understanding electronic conduction at the atomistic level; formulating new simulation techniques; developing a new generation of software tools; and bringing this new understanding and perspective into the classroom. We address problems in atomistic phenomena, quantum transport, percolative transport in inhomogeneous media, reliability, and the connection of nanoelectronics to new problems such as biology, medicine, and energy. We work closely with experimentalists to understand nanoscale phenomena and to explore new device concepts. In the course of this work, we produce open source software tools and educational resources that we share with the community through the nanoHUB.
This page is a starting point for nanoHUB users interested in nanoelectronics. It lists key resources developed by the NCN Nanoelectronics team. The nanoHUB contains many more resources for nanoelectronics, and they can be located with the nanoHUB search function. To find all nanoelectronics resources, search for 'nanoelectronics.' To find those contributed by the NCN nanoelectronics team, search for 'NCNnanoelectronics.'
More information on Nanoelectronics can be found here.
Solar Cells Lecture 2: Physics of Crystalline Solar Cells
19 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Solar cell performance is determined by generation and recombination of electron-hole pairs. This tutorial focussing on recombination losses in crystalline silicon solar cells under...
Lecture 7: The Boltzmann Transport Equation
17 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Semi-classical carrier transport is traditionally described by the
Boltzmann Transport Equation (BTE). In this lecture, we present the
BTE, show how it is solved, and relate it to the Landauer...
Lecture 9: Introduction to Phonon Transport
This lecture is an introduction to phonon transport. Key similarities and differences between electron and phonon transport are discussed.
How to Make High Quality Plots in MATLAB
17 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mehdi Salmani Jelodar
This presentation is a tutorial for plotting higher quality figures by Matlab. Basic elements of plots are introduced and the way to manipulate these elements by coding is explained. Tow methods...
Lecture 5: Thermoelectric Effects - Mathematics
16 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Beginning with the general model for transport, we mathematically derive
expressions for the four thermoelectric transport coefficients:
(i) Electrical conductivity,
(ii) Seebeck coefficient...
Lecture 6: An Introduction to Scattering
In this lecture, we show how the mean-free-path (mfp) is related to the
time between scattering events and briefly discuss how the scattering
time is related to underlying physical processes.
Lecture 8: Measurements
A brief introduction to commonly-used techniques, such as van der Pauw and Hall effect measurements.
Tutorial 2: Thermal Transport Across Interfaces - Electrons
16 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Thermal boundary resistance
Real interfaces and measurements
Carbon nanotube interfaces
“Electronics from the Bottom Up” is an educational initiative...
A Physical Model for Non-Ohmic Shunt Conduction and Metastability in Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells
16 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Sourabh Dongaonkar, Souvik Mahapatra, Karthik Yogendra, Muhammad Alam
In this talk we develop a coherent physics based understanding of the shunt leakage problem in a-Si:H cells, and discuss its implications on cell and module level.
Sourabh Dongaonkar is with...
Tutorial 1: Thermal Transport Across Interfaces - Phonons
15 Aug 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Lattice vibrations and phonons
The vibrating string
Interfaces between dissimilar strings: acoustic
Discrete masses and the vibrational eigenspectrum
Lecture 2: General Model for Transport
28 Jul 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Datta's model of a nanodevice is introduced as a general way of describing nanodevices as well, as bulk metals and semiconductors.
Lecture 3: Resistance-Ballistic to Diffusive
The resistance of a ballistic conductor and concepts, such as the quantum
contact resistance, are introduced and discussed. The results are then
generalized to treat transport all the way from...
Lecture 4: Thermoelectric Effects-Physical Approach
The effect of temperature gradients on current flow and how electrical currents produce heat currents are discussed.
Application of the nanoHUB tools in the Classroom
28 Jul 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This online presentation describes the application of the nanoHUB tools in the classroom.
Lessons from Nanoelectronics
20 Jul 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Supriyo Datta
Everyone is familiar with the amazing performance of a modern laptop,
powered by a billion-plus nanotransistors, each having an active
region that is barely a few hundred atoms long. What is...
Lessons from Nanoelectronics (Q&A)
Q&A session from Lessons from Nanoelectronics.
2011 NCN Summer School: Welcome and Introduction
20 Jul 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
“Electronics from the Bottom Up” is an educational initiative designed to bring a new perspective to the field of nano device engineering. It is co-sponsored by the Intel Foundation and the...
Lecture 1: Introduction to Near-equilibrium Transport
A short overview of the topics to be discussed in the following nine
lectures in this short course on near-equilibrium transport.
Solar Cells Lecture 3: Modeling and Simulation of Photovoltaic Devices and Systems
20 Jul 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): J. L. Gray
Modeling and simulation play an important role in designing and
optimizing PV systems. This tutorial is a broad overview of the topic
including a look at detailed, numerical device simulation.
The History of Semiconductor Heterostructures Research: From Early Double Heterostructure Concept to Modern Quantum Dot Structures
11 Jul 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Zhores I. Alferov
It would be very difficult today to imagine solid-state physics without semiconductor heterostructures. Semiconductor heterostructures and especially double heterostructures, including quantum...