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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.
ECE 656 Lecture 20: Scattering II - Relaxation time approximation
01 Nov 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:Justification of the RTADiscussionHW prob. 17
Polarization Response of Multi-layer InAs Quantum Dot Stacks
25 Oct 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Usman
Recent experimental measurements, without any theoretical guidance, showed that isotropic polarization response can be achieved by increasing the number of QD layers in a QD stack. In this work, we analyse the polarization response of multi-layer quantum dot stacks containing up to nine quantum...
ECE 656 Lecture 16: The BTE - with B-Fields
20 Oct 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:ReviewB-fieldsHall effectLarge B-fieldsSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 15: The BTE - Transport Coefficients
18 Oct 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:IntroductionConductivityDrift currentDiffusion currentDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 14: The Boltzmann Transport Equation
14 Oct 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:IntroductionEquation of motionThe BTESolving the s.s. BTEDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 13: Phonon Transport
05 Oct 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:IntroductionElectrons and PhononsGeneral model for heat conductionThermal conductivityDebye modelScatteringDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 8: More about Resistance
03 Oct 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:ReviewDiscussionpower dissipationvoltage dropn-type vs. p-type“apparent” mobility1D and 3D resistorsGraphene: A case studySummary
ECE 656 Lecture 12: Scattering and Transmission
30 Sep 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:IntroductionPhysics of carrier scatteringTransmission and mfpMFP and scatteringDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 10: Thermoelectric Effects - (Electronic) Heat Flow
26 Sep 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:IntroductionHeat transport by current flowMathematical formulationDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 11: Coupled Current Equations and Thermoelectric Devices
23 Sep 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:IntroductionCoupled flow equationsThermoelectric devicesDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 9: Thermoelectric Effects - Charge Flow
Outline:IntroductionCharge transport in a temperature gradientMathematical formulationDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 6: Near-Equilibrium Transport in the Bulk
20 Sep 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
ECE 656 Lecture 5: Modes and Transmission
16 Sep 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
ECE 656 Lecture 7: Resistance - Ballistic to Diffusive
Outline:Review2D ballistic resistors2D diffusive resistorsDiscussionSummary
Optimum Morphology and Performance Gains of Organic Solar Cells
09 Sep 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Biswajit ray, Muhammad Alam
Morphology of light absorbing layer is known to dictate the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic (OPV) cell. The innovation of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) led to significant improvement for exciton harvesting, but carrier recombination at the distributed interfaces and variability...
ECE 656 Lecture 4: General Model for Transport
07 Sep 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Outline:The modelNear-equilibrium transportDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 3: Density of States
Outline:Density of statesExample: grapheneDiscussionSummary
ECE 656 Lecture 2: Sums in k-Space/Integrals in Energy Space
Outline:Density of states in k-spaceExampleWorking in energy spaceDiscussionSummary
Solar Cells Lecture 4: What is Different about Thin-Film Solar Cells?
29 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad A. Alam
Thin film solar cells promise acceptable efficiency at low cost. This tutorial examines the device physics of thin-film solar cells, which generally require a different type of analysis than crystalline solar cells.
Solar Cells Lecture 5: Organic Photovoltaics
Organic solar cells make use of low-cost organic polymers forphotovoltaics. Although these solar cells may appear to be quitedifferent from solar cells made with conventional, inorganicsemiconductors (e.g. they make use of exciton generation rather than electron-hole generation) this...