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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.
Introductory Concepts in Quantum Mechanics: an Exercise
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07 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
quantization of angular momentum and energy, photoelectric effect, deBroglie relationwww.eas.asu.edu/~vasileskNSF
Reading Material: Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
07 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska
Homework Assignment: Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
Reading Material: Wavepackets
Homework Assignment: Wavepackets
Reading Material: Time Independent Schrodinger Wave Equation (TISWE)
Reading Material: What is Quantum Mechanics?
08 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
Bulk Monte Carlo Code Described
01 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska
In this tutorial we give implementation details for the bulk Monte Carlo code for calculating the electron drift velocity, velocity-field characteristics and average carrier energy in bulk GaAs materials. Identical concepts with minor details apply to the development of a bulk Monte Carlo code...
Periodic Potentials and the Kronig-Penney Model
This material describes the derivation of the Kronig-Penney model for delta-function periodic potentials.
Quantum-Mechanical Reflections in Nanodevices: an Exercise
02 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
This exercise points out to the fact that quantum-mechanical reflections are going to be significant in nanoscale devices and proper modeling of these device structures must take into consideration the quantum-mechanical reflections.NSF, ONRDragica Vasileska personal web-site...
Periodic Potentials and Bandstructure: an Exercise
This exercise teaches the students that in the case of strong coupling between the neighboring wells in square and Coulomb periodic potential wells electrons start to behave as free electrons and the gaps that open at the Brillouin zone boundaries become smaller and smaller (thus recovering the...
From 1 well to 2 wells to 5 wells to periodic potentials: an Exercise
This exercise demonstrates that the interaction between the wells lifts the degeneracy of the quasi-bound states and if in the limit we have infinite periodic potential it leads to formation of energy bands. Notice that when the interaction is less strong the energy levels are more sharp and the...
Exercise: CV curves for MOS capacitors
This exercise demonstrates to the students how the low-frequency CV curves in MOS capacitors change with changing the gate workfunction, the oxide thickness and the dielectric constant. It also demonstrates the doping variation of the high-frequency CV curves.NSFNSF
30 Jun 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska
This tutorial contains introductory material for Quantum Mechanics for Engineers with emphasis on tunneling, open systems and the definitions of transmission and reflection coefficients and their calculation in the case of piece-wise constant potential energy profiles.NSF
Double Barrier Case
This material contains derivation for the transmission coefficient and current calculation in double-barrier structures that are also known as resonant tunneling diodes.
Quantum-Mechanical Reflections: an Exercise
30 Jun 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
Double-Barrier Case: An Exercise
Nanowire: First-Time User Guide
05 May 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Gerhard Klimeck, Saumitra Raj Mehrotra
Nanowire is a simulation tool for silicon nanowire FET's in the nanometer regime (diameter
MuGFET: First-Time User Guide
28 Apr 2008 | | Contributor(s):: SungGeun Kim, Sriraman Damodaran, Benjamin P Haley, Gerhard Klimeck
MuGFET is a simulation tool for nano-scale multi-gate FET structures.This document provides instructions on how to use MuGFET. MuGFET users can use also the PROPHET or the PADRE tool. Either of these provide self-consistent solutions to the Poisson and drift-diffusion equation.At the nanometer...
Introduction to Coulomb Blockade Lab
31 Mar 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Bhaskaran Muralidharan, Xufeng Wang, Gerhard Klimeck
The tutorial is based on the Coulomb Blockade Lab available online at Coulomb Blockade Lab. Students are introduced to the concepts of level broadening and charging energies in artificial atoms (single quantum dots) and molecules (coupled quantum dots).A tutorial level introduction to the...