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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 595E Lecture 22: Full 3D Bandgaps
06 Mar 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Peter Bermel
Outline:Recap from Wednesday3D Lattice TypesFull 3D Photonic Bandgap StructuresYablonoviteWoodpileInverse OpalsRod-Hole 3D PhCs
ECE 595E Lecture 20: Bandstructure Concepts
Outline:Recap from FridayBandstructure Problem FormulationBloch’s TheoremReciprocal Lattice SpaceNumerical Solutions1D crystal2D triangular lattice3D diamond lattice
ECE 695A Lecture 21: Introduction to Dielectric Breakdown
05 Mar 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
Outline:Basic features of gate dielectric breakdownPhysical characterization of breakdown spotTime-dependent defect generationConclusions
ECE 695A Lecture 22: Voltage Dependence of Thin Dielectric Breakdown
ECE 695A Lecture 19R: Review Questions
04 Mar 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
Review Questions::If a signal disappears from ESR because of negative-U configuration, can it be detected by SDR or EDSR methods?What is the relationship between Gauss and Tesla as units of magnetic field?Was the original SDR method for bulk or interface traps?What is the relationship between...
ECE 695A Lecture 19: Spin-Dependent Recombination and Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance
01 Mar 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
Outline:Importance of measuring interface damageElectronicSpinResonance( Aquickreview)Spin Dependent RecombinationElectrically detected spin-resonance and noise- spectroscopyComparing the approachesConclusions
ECE 695A Lecture 17R: Review Questions
Review Questions:What is wrong with using C-V measurement methods exclusively for NBTI and HCI degradation?Why do people like to use C-V techniques? What method would you use for HCI measurement?HCI does not relax. Why would you still want to use on-the-fly type methods? (Hint: Think about Drain...
ECE 695A Lecture 18R: Review Questions
Review Questions:Between DCIV and CP methods, which one is easier and why?In what ways are CP and DCIV methods better at characterizing traps compared to C-V methods?What are the problems of using CP, DCIV, C-V methods for NBTI measurements?Which method does not suffer from the same problem as...
ECE 695A Lecture 18: DC-IV and Charge Pumping Methods
25 Feb 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
Outline:Recall: Properties of Interface DefectsFlux-based method 1: Direct Current-Voltage methodFlux-based method 2: Charge pumping methodConclusions
ECE 695A Lecture 16: Review Questions
22 Feb 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
Review QuestionWhat is the difference between hot atom dissociation vs. cold atom dissociation?.Many experiments are reported at 77K and 295K. Why these temperatures?.Why is there such a big difference between VT degradation and NIT degradation?.Impact ionization threshold is significantly...
ECE 695A Lecture 17: Subthreshold and Idlin Methods
21 Feb 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
ECE 695A Lecture 15R: Review Questions
20 Feb 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
Review Questions:Why is BTBT tunneling important for OFF-state HCI, but nor for ON-state HCI?What type of bond dissociation dominated DeMOS degradation? Provide two supporting arguments. Will universality hold of SiH and SiO bond dissociation occur in equal proportion?Do you expect NBTI to be...
ECE 695A Lecture 14a: Voltage Dependent HCI I
19 Feb 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
Outline:Background and Empirical ObservationsTheory of Hot Carriers: Hydrodynamic ModelTheory of Hot Carriers: Monte Carlo ModelTheory of Hot Carriers: Universal ScalingConclusionAppendices
ECE 695A Lecture 14b: Voltage Dependent HCI II
ECE 695A Lecture 14R: Review Questions
Review QuestionsWhy is Isub called a thermometer of hot electron distribution? Why can you not simply measure hot electrons by looking at the drain current?What are the three methods of HCI voltage acceleration?If theory of universal scaling is so good, why not use it all the time? (Hint: Think...
ECE 695A Lecture 15: Off-state HCI Degradation
Outline:ON vs. OFF State HCI DegradationOrigin of hot carriers at off-stateSiH vs. SiO – who is getting broken? Voltage acceleration factors by scalingConclusions
ECE 695A Lecture 16: Temperature Dependence of HCI
Outline:Empirical observations regarding HCITheory of bond dissociation: MVE vs. RRKHot carrier dissociation of SiH bondsHot carrier dissociation of SiO bondsConclusions
ECE 695A Lecture 13: Introductory Lecture on HCI Degradation
Outline:Background and features of HCI DegradationPhenomenological observationsOrigin of Hot carriersTheory of Si-H Bond DissociationTheory of Si-O Bond DissociationConclusions
ECE 695A Lecture 13R: Review Questions
Review Questions:Both SiH and SiO are involved in HCI degradation. Give two evidences.Why doesn’t HCI occur during NBTI stress condition?I suggested that HCI curve can shifted horizontally to form a universal curve, do you believe that I can do a corresponding vertical shift to form the...
ECE 695A Lecture 5R: Review Questions
12 Feb 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Muhammad Alam
Review Questions:What is the difference between coordination and composition?Is periodicity essential for a defect-free structure?Why can’t the amorphous material have arbitrary ring distribution?How does Temperature enter in Maxwell’s relationship?Do you expect more or less defect for...