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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.
ABINIT: First-Time User Guide
09 Jun 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Benjamin P Haley
This first-time user guide provides an introduction to using ABINIT on nanoHUB. We include a very brief summary of Density Functional Theory along with a tour of the Rappture interface. We discuss the default simulation (what happens if you don't change any inputs, and just hit "simulate") as...
Periodic Potential Lab: First-Time User Guide
07 Jun 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Abhijeet Paul, Benjamin P Haley, Gerhard Klimeck, SungGeun Kim, Lynn Zentner
This document provides guidance to first-time users of the Periodic Potential Lab tool. It offers basic information about solutions to the Schröedinger Equation in case of periodic potential in 1 dimension (1D). This document also contains suggested exercises to help users run the tool and...
Crystal Viewer Tool: First-Time User Guide
01 Jun 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Abhijeet Paul, Benjamin P Haley, Gerhard Klimeck
This first-time user guide is an introduction to the Crystal Viewer Tool lab. It provides basic definitions, including a definition of crystals. Any suggestions for changes and corrections are welcomed.
Resonant Tunneling Diode Simulation with NEGF: First-Time User Guide
01 Jun 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Samarth Agarwal, Gerhard Klimeck
This first-time user guide for Resonant Tunneling Diode Simulation with NEGF provides some fundamental concepts regarding RTDs along with details on how device geometry and simulation parameters influence current and charge distribution inside the device.NCN@Purdue
Piece-Wise Constant Potential Barriers Tool: First-Time User Guide
This supporting document for the Piece-Wise Constant Potential Barriers Tool serves as a first-time user guide. Some basic ideas about quantum mechanical tunneling are introduced in addition to how device geometry influences tunneling probability. The transfer matrix and tight-binding...
Optical and Thermodynamic properties of noble metal nanoparticles. Effect of chemical functionalization.
06 May 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Baudilio Tejerina, George C. Schatz
This laboratory is intended to introduce the student to the use of semiempirical electronic structure methods. In particular, the semiempirical methods will be applied to the study of metallic clusters and the interaction of the clusters with molecules such as pyridine. The reactivity of the...
Theoretical Analysis of Gold Nanoparticles
06 May 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Jon Camden, George C. Schatz, Baudilio Tejerina
All physical and chemical properties are size dependent, and the properties of materials on the nanosize scale have important consequences in wide ranging fields. Exploiting nanoscale behavior will eventually lead scientists to develop devices that can selectively attack diseased cells, increase...
MOSCap: First-Time User Guide
30 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: SungGeun Kim, Benjamin P Haley, Gerhard Klimeck
This first-time user guide provides an introduction to MOSCap. The MOSCap tool simulates the one-dimensional (along the growth direction) electrostatics in typical single and dual-gate Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor device structures as a function of device size, geometry, oxide charge, temperature,...
Carrier Statistics Lab: First-Time User Guide
09 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Abhijeet Paul, Gerhard Klimeck, Benjamin P Haley, Saumitra Raj Mehrotra
This first-time user guide is an introduction to the Carrier Statistics Lab . It provides basic definitions, guidance on how to run the tool, and suggested exercises to help users get accustomed to the idea of distribution functions as well as how these functions are used in determining the...
OMEN Nanowire: First-Time User Guide
23 Feb 2009 | | Contributor(s):: SungGeun Kim, Benjamin P Haley, Mathieu Luisier, Saumitra Raj Mehrotra, Gerhard Klimeck
This is the first-time user guide for OMEN Nanowire. In addition to showing how the tool operates, it briefly explains what the OMEN Nanowire is, what it can do, and the input and output relationship.NCN@Purdue Sung Dae Suk, et. al., IEDM, 2005, "High Performance 5nm radius Twin Silicon...
K-12: Introduction to Quantum Wells
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24 Nov 2008 | | Contributor(s):: David Beck, Mark M Budnik
A lesson plan for a 20-30 minute exercise for 4th and 5th grade Gifted and Talented students to explore the concept of quantum wells. The objectives of the lesson are:* The students will be able to understand the basic functions and concepts of quantum wells and tunneling.* Students will be able...
Nanoelectronics and the meaning of resistance: Course Handout and Exercises
02 Sep 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
Handout with reference list, MATLAB scripts and exercise problems.
Cosine Bands: an Exercise for PCPBT
21 Aug 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Gerhard Klimeck, Dragica Vasileska
This exercise demonstrates the formation of cosine bands as we increase the number of wells in the n-well structure.
Homework Assignment for Bulk Monte Carlo Lab: Velocity vs. Field for Arbitrary Crystallographic Orientations
21 Aug 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
User needs to calculate and compare to experiment the velocity field characteristics for electrons in Si for different crystalographic directions and 77K and 300K temperatures.
Homework Assignment for Bulk Monte Carlo Lab: Temperature Dependence of the Low Field Mobility for  Orientation
User needs to calculate and compare with experiments the temperature dependence of the low-field electron mobility in Si.
Homework Assignment for Bulk Monte Carlo Lab: Arbitrary Crystallographic Direction
20 Aug 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
This exercise teaches the users how the average carrier velocity, average carrier energy and vally occupation change with the application of the electric field in arbitrary crystalographic direction
Bulk Monte Carlo Lab:Scattering Rates for Parabolic vs. Non-Parabolic Bands: an Exercise
This exercise helps the students learn the importance of the non-parabolic band approximation for large carrier energies.
Uniform versus delta doping in 1D heterostructures: an Exercise
15 Aug 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
This exercise is designed to demonstrate that delta doping leads to larger sheet electron density in the channel and it also allows for better control of the charge density in the channel region of High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs).
Parallel Conduction Channel: an Exercise for 1D Heterostructure Lab
This exercise uses the 1-D Heterostructure Lab, which demonstrates that adding more dopants in the buffer layer becomes ineffective after certain critical doping density. Beyond this critical doping density, additional dopants practically fill in the parallel conduction channel that sits in the...
Bulk Band Structure: a Simulation Exercise
03 Aug 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
This simulation exercise teaches the students about band structure of indirect and direct bandgap materials, the optical gaps, the concept of the effective mass and the influence of spin-orbit coupling on the valence bandstructure.NSF