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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.
2011 NCN Summer School: Welcome and Introduction
20 Jul 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
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 | | 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 | | 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 wells, quantum wires and quantum dots, currently comprise the object of investigation of two thirds of...
Taming Light and Electrons with Metamaterials
11 Jul 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Nader Engheta
In recent years, in my group we have been working on various aspects of metamaterials and plasmonic nano-optics. We have introduced and been developing the concept of "metatronics", i.e. metamaterial-inspired optical nanocircuitry, in which the three fields of "electronics", "photonics" and...
Illinois ECE598XL Semiconductor Nanotechnology - 3 - Quantum Dots: Formation
27 Jun 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Xiuling Li
Illinois ECE598XL Semiconductor Nanotechnology - 2 - Nanostructure Epitaxial Growth Techniques
Illinois ECE598XL Semiconductor Nanotechnology - 1 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
Enhancing the Light-Matter Interaction with Optical Antennas
02 Jun 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Lukas Novotny
Optical antennas are devices designed to efficiently convert optical radiation into localized energy, and vice versa. They enhance the interaction between light and matter, and have the potential to boost the efficiency of optoelectronic devices ranging from light-emitting diodes to solar cells....
Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI) in p-MOSFETs: Characterization, Material/Process Dependence and Predictive Modeling (2011)
11 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Souvik Mahapatra
This is a presentation on Negative Bias Temperature Instability, or in short NBTI, observed in p channel MOSFET devices. Though NBTI has been discovered more than 40 years ago, in the last 10 years it has become a very important reliability concern as the industry moved from thicker SiO2 to...
Illinois CNST Annual Nanotechnology Workshop 2010 Lecture 12: Multiscale Analysis of Silicon NEMS
02 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Narayan Aluru
Essential Aspects of Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI)
01 May 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Ahmad Ehteshamul Islam, Souvik Mahapatra, Muhammad Alam
We develop a comprehensive theoretical framework for explaining the key and characteristic experimental signatures of NBTI. The framework is based on an uncorrelated dynamics of interface-defect creation/annihilation described by Reaction-Diffusion (R-D) theory and hole trapping/detrapping...
Putting the Electron’s Spin to Work
14 Apr 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Daniel Ralph
I will discuss recent progress in experimental techniques to control the orientations of nanoscale magnetic moments and electron spins, and to use these new means of control for applications. One powerful new capability arises from the fact that thin magnetic layers can act as filters for spins.
Illinois Nano EP Seminar Series Spring 2010 - Lecture 8: Quantum Dot and Nanopore Lasers
12 Apr 2011 | | Contributor(s):: James J. Coleman
We describe the growth, processing, and characteristics of self‐assembled andpatterned quantum dot and nanopore lasers that exhibit interesting effects arising from reduction of the active medium to the quantum regime (
Illinois Nano EP Seminar Series Spring 2010 - Lecture 6: Honing Scanned Probe Lithography for Atomic-Fidelity Patterning
12 Apr 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Scott Schmucker
Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) possess extraordinary electrical properties, with many possible applications in electronics. Dense,horizontally aligned arrays of linearly configured SWNTs represent perhaps the most attractive and scalable way to implement this class ofnanomaterial in...
The Elusive Spin Transistor
11 Apr 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
This presentation is a short introductory tutorial on spin-transistors.
Control of Spin Precession in a Datta-Das Transistor Structure
11 Apr 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Hyun Cheol Koo
Transistors Switch onto Spin Using the spin of an electron in addition to, or instead of, the charge properties is believed to have many benefits in terms of speed, power-cost, and integration density over conventional electronic circuits. At the heart of the field of spintronics has been a...
Tutorial 4a: High Bias Quantum Transport in Resonant Tunneling Diodes
29 Mar 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Gerhard Klimeck
Outline:Resonant Tunneling Diodes - NEMO1D: Motivation / History / Key InsightsOpen 1D Systems: Transmission through Double Barrier Structures - Resonant TunnelingIntroduction to RTDs: Linear Potential DropIntroduction to RTDs: Realistic Doping ProfilesIntroduction to RTDs: Relaxation Scattering...
Tutorial 4c: Formation of Bandstructure in Finite Superlattices (Exercise Session)
How does bandstructure occur? How large does a repeated system have to be? How does a finite superlattice compare to an infinite superlattice?
Tutorial 4d: Formation of Bandstructure in Finite Superlattices (Exercise Demo)
Demonstration of thePiece-Wise Constant Potential Barriers Tool.