ANTSY—Assembly for Nanotechnology Survey Courses

by Gerhard Klimeck, Dragica Vasileska, Margaret Shepard Morris, Michael Anderson, Philathia Rufaro Bolton, Craig Titus, Cristina Leal Gonzalez, Jamie E Hickner


Nanotechnology Survey with ANTSY

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Crystal Structures, Lattices, Silicon, Bucky Balls

Crystal Viewer

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Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Sheets

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Additional Lectures / Learning Modules:

Closed Systems

Quantum Dot Lab

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Quantum Dot Lab in ANTSY computes the eigenstates of a particle in a box of various shapes including domes and pyramids.


  • Quantum Dots is a nano 101, introductory lecture that starts from particle-wave duality and explores the concepts of quantum dots


Open Systems

Piece-Wise Constant Potential Tool

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The Piece-Wise Constant Potential Tool in ANTSY allows calculation of the transmission and the reflection coefficient of arbitrary five, seven, nine, eleven and 2n-segment piece-wise constant potential energy profile. For the case of multi-well structure it also calculates the quasi-bound states so it can be used as a simple demonstration tool for the formation of energy bands. Also, it can be used in the case of stationary perturbation theory exercises to test the validity of, for example, the first order and the second order correction to the ground state energy of the system due to small perturbations of, for example, the confining potential. The Piece-Wise Constant Potential Tool in ANTSY can also be used to test the validity of the WKB approximation for triangular potential barriers.


Resonant Tunneling Diode Lab

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Put a potential barrier in the path of electrons, and it will block their flow. But if the barrier is thin enough, electrons can tunnel right through due to quantum mechanical effects. Even more surprising, if two or more thin barriers are placed closely together, electrons will bounce between the barriers, and at certain resonant energies, flow right through the barriers as if they were not there! Check out the Resonant Tunneling Diode Lab in ANTSY lab, which lets you control the number of barriers and their material properties, and then simulate current as a function of bias. Devices exhibit a surprising negative differential resistance, even at room temperature! Run this tool online, right in your web browser! View a demo of this tool in action.


About ANTSY Constituent Tools

The Assembly of Basic Applications for Coordinated Understanding of Semiconductors (ANTSY) has been put together from individual disjoint tools to enable educators and students to have a one-stop-shop in semiconductor education. It therefore benefits tremendously from the hard work that the contributors of the individual tool builders have put into their tools.

As a matter of credit, simulation runs that are performed in the ANTSY tool are also credited to the individual tools, which help the ranking of the individual tools. We do also count the number of usages of the individual tools in the ANTSY tool set, to measure the ANTSY impact and possibly also improve the tool.

In the description above we do not refer to the individual tools since we want to guide the users to the composite ANTSY tool. We cite the individual tools here explicitly so they are being given the appropriate credit and on their rspective tool pages are being linked to this ANTSY topic page.

Crystal Viewer Tool, Piece-Wise Constant Potential Barriers Tool, Resonant Tunneling Diode Simulation with NEGF, Quantum Dot Lab, MOSCap, and MOSFet.

Additional Reading and Tools

Solar Cells


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MOS Capacitors with Quantum Corrections


(Image(/images/tool/schred/schred.jpg, 120 class=align-right) failed - File not found) Schred is not formally supported in ANTSY. It contains more advanced quantum mechanical concepts and is a nanoHUB contributed tool. It calculates the envelope wavefunctions and the corresponding bound-state energies in a typical MOS (Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) or SOS (Semiconductor-Oxide-Semiconductor) structure and a typical SOI structure by solving self-consistently the one-dimensional (1D) Poisson equation and the 1D Schrodinger equation.


madFETs – more Field Effect Transistors

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Technology Computer Aided Design – TCAD

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