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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.
Exercises for FETToy
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07 Dec 2005 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
This series of exercises uses the FETToy program to illustrate some of the key physical concepts for nanotransistors.
Ballistic Nanotransistors - Learning Module
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07 Dec 2005 | Learning Modules | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
This resource is an introduction to the theory ballistic nanotransistors. No transistor is fully ballistic, but analyzing nanotransistors by neglecting scattering processes provides new insights...
Notes on the Ballistic MOSFET
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21 Nov 2005 | Papers | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
When analyzing semiconductor devices, the traditional approach is to assume that carriers scatter
frequently from ionized impurities, phonons, surface roughness, etc. so that the average...
How Semiconductors and Transistors Work
20 Nov 2005 | Animations | Contributor(s): John C. Bean
This animation shows how semiconductor crystals work and how they are used to make transistor switches.
Molecular Beam Epitaxy
16 Nov 2005 | Animations | Contributor(s): John C. Bean
Microelectronic devices are made by repeating two steps: 1) Depositing a thin uniform layer of material; 2) Then using a photographic process to pattern and remove unwanted areas of that layer.
Fabrication of a MOSFET within a Microprocessor
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This resource depicts the step-by-step process by which the transistors of an integrated circuit are made.
University of Puerto Rico Nanotechnology Lectures
16 Nov 2005 | Series | Contributor(s): David Janes
Lectures for Nanotechnology class at the University of Puerto Rico.
Quantum Dot Lab
12 Nov 2005 | Tools | Contributor(s): Prasad Sarangapani, James Fonseca, Daniel F Mejia, James Charles, Woody Gilbertson, Tarek Ahmed Ameen, Hesameddin Ilatikhameneh, Andrew Roché, Lars Bjaalie, Sebastian Steiger, David Ebert, Matteo Mannino, Hong-Hyun Park, Tillmann Christoph Kubis, Michael Povolotskyi, Michael McLennan, Gerhard Klimeck
Compute the eigenstates of a particle in a box of various shapes including domes, pyramids and multilayer structures.
Designing Nanocomposite Thermoelectric Materials
08 Nov 2005 | Online Presentations | 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...
New Frontiers in Nanocomputing
03 Nov 2005 | Series
Welcome to Frontiers in Nanocomputing, a seminar series that focuses
on systems issues for nanoelectronics. Our topic was Fundamental
Limits of Digital Computation. The questions to each...
Bandstructure in Nanoelectronics
01 Nov 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck
This presentation will highlight, for nanoelectronic device examples, how the effective mass approximation breaks down and why the quantum mechanical nature of the atomically resolved material...
FETToy 2.0 Source Code Download
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27 Oct 2005 | Downloads
FETToy 2.0 is a set of Matlab scripts that calculate the ballistic I-V characteristics for a conventional MOSFETs, Nanowire MOSFETs and Carbon NanoTube MOSFETs. For conventional MOSFETs, FETToy...
An Electrical Engineering Perspective on Molecular Electronics
26 Oct 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
After forty years of advances in integrated circuit technology, microelectronics is undergoing a transformation to nanoelectronics. Modern day MOSFETs now have channel lengths that are less than...
Simple Theory of the Ballistic MOSFET
19 Oct 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Silicon nanoelectronics has become silicon nanoelectronics, but we
still analyze, design, and think about MOSFETs in more or less in the
same way that we did 30 years ago. In this talk, I...
Semiconductor Interfaces at the Nanoscale
13 Oct 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): David Janes
The trend in downscaling of electronic devices and the need to add functionalities such as sensing and nonvolatile memory to existing circuitry dictate that new approaches be developed for device...
Einstein/Bohr Debate and Quantum Computing
13 Oct 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Karl Hess
This presentation deals with the Einstein/Bohr Debate and Quantum Computing.
Introduction to Carbon Nanotube Electronics
12 Oct 2005 | Learning Modules | Contributor(s): Susan Sinnott
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have interesting, structure-dependent electronic properties. In particular, CNTs can be a metallic or semiconducting depending on the way in which the carbon atoms are...
Resonant Tunneling Diode Simulator
10 Oct 2005 | Tools | Contributor(s): Michael McLennan
Simulate 1D resonant tunneling devices and other heterostructures via ballistic quantum transport
ECE 453 Lecture 31: Broadening
10 Oct 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Supriyo Datta
Reference Chapter 8.1
ECE 453 Lecture 32: Broadening and Lifetime