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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.
CQT Lecture 1: Nanodevices and Maxwell's Demon
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30 Nov 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
Objective: To illustrate the subtle interplay of dynamics and thermodynamicsthat distinguishes transport physics.
CQT Lecture 2: Electrical Resistance - A Simple Model
Objective:To introduce a simple quantitative model for describing current flow in nanoscalestructures and relate it to well-known large scale properties like Ohm’s Law.
CQT Lecture 3: Probabilities, Wavefunctions and Green Functions
Objective: To extend the simple model from Lecture 2 into the full-blown model combines the NEGF (Non-Equilibrium Green Function) method with the Landauer approach.
CQT Lecture 4: Coulomb blockade and Fock space
Objective: To illustrate the limitations of the model described in Lectures 2, 3 and introduce a completely different approach based on the concept of Fock space. I believe this will be a key concept in the next stage of development of transport physics.
Creating Inflections: DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative
03 Jan 2019 | | Contributor(s):: William Chappell
Density Functional Tight Binding (DFTB) Modeling in the Context of Ultra-Thin Silicon-on-Insulator MOSFETs
07 Oct 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Stanislav Markov
IWCE 2015 presentation. We investigate the applicability of density functional tight binding (DFTB) theory , coupled to non-equilibrium Green functions (NEGF), for atomistic simulations of ultra-scaled electron devices, using the DFTB+ code . In the context of ultra-thin...
Design and simulation of GaSb/InAs 2D Transmission enhanced TFET
30 Sep 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Pengyu Long, Evan Michael Wilson, Jun Huang, mark rodwell, Gerhard Klimeck, Michael Povolotskyi
IWCE 2015 presentation. Abstract and more information to be added at a later date.
Design in the Nanometer Regime: Process Variation
28 Nov 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Kaushik Roy
Scaling of technology over the last few decades has produced an exponential growth in computing power of integrated circuits and an unprecedented number of transistors integrated into a single. However, scaling is facing several problems — severe short channel effects, exponential increase in...
Design of CMOS Circuits in the Nanometer Regime: Leakage Tolerance
The scaling of technology has produced exponential growth in transistor development and computing power in the last few decades, but scaling still presents several challenges. These two lectures will cover device aware CMOS design to address power, reliability, and process variations in scaled...
Designing Nanocomposite Materials for Solid-State Energy Conversion
10 Nov 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy D. Sands
New materials will be necessary to break through today's performance envelopes for solid-state energy conversion devices ranging from LED-based solid-state white lamps to thermoelectric devices for solid-state refrigeration and electric power generation. The combination of recent materials...
Designing Nanocomposite Thermoelectric Materials
08 Nov 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy D. Sands
This tutorial reviews recent strategies for designing high-ZT nanostructured materials, including superlattices, embedded quantum dots, and nanowire composites. The tutorial highlights the challenges inherent to coupled electronic and thermal transport properties.
Diffusion-Reaction Modeling of Cu Migration in CdTe Solar Devices
26 Oct 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Da GUO, Tian Fang, Richard Akis, Dragica Vasileska
IWCE 2015 presentation. In this work, we report on development of one-dimensional (1D) finite-difference and two- dimensional (2D) finite-element diffusion-reaction simulators to investigate mechanisms behind Cu- related metastabilities observed in CdTe solar cells . The evolution of CdTe...
Digital Electronics: Fundamental Limits and Future Prospects
20 Jan 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Konstantin K. Likharev
I will review some old and some recent work on the fundamental (and not so fundamental) limits imposed by physics of electron devices on their density and power consumption.
Direct Microcontact Printing of Gold and Silver on Silicon
02 Aug 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Jamie Nipple
Because microcontact printing (µCP) allows the fabrication of disposable electronic devices with minimum cost, this technique has proven useful in the patterned functionalization of certain chemicals onto surfaces. In time, µCP should allow for the fabrication of sub-10-nanometer structures and...
Discussion Session 1 (Lectures 1a, 1b and 2)
08 Sep 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
Discussion Session 2 (Lectures 3 and 4)
Discussion Session 3 (Lectures 5 and 6)
09 Sep 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
Dissipative Quantum Transport Using One-Particle Time-Dependent (Conditional) Wave Functions
16 Oct 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Xavier Oriols
IWCE 2015 presentation. an effective single-particle schrodinger equation to include dissipation into quantum devices is presented. this effective equation is fully understood in the context of bohmian mechanics, a theory of particles and waves, where it is possible to define unambiguously...
DNA Charge Motion: Regimes and Behaviors
28 Jul 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Ratner
Because DNA is a quasi-one-dimensional species, and because each base is a pi-type chromphore, it was long ago suggested that DNA could conduct electricity. This has become a widely investigated area, and remains of interest for fundamental science and for applications. We will discuss a very...
Drift-Diffusion Model, Mobility Modeling
02 Jun 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska