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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

This nanoHUB “topic page” provides an easy access to selected nanoHUB Education Material that is openly accessible and usable by everyone around the world.

We invite you to participate in this open source, interactive educational initiative:

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Crystal Structures, Lattices, Silicon, Bucky Balls

Crystal Viewer

/site/resources/tools/crystal_viewer/buckyball.jpg /site/resources/tools/crystal_viewer/si.jpg /site/resources/tools/crystal_viewer/fcc.jpg /site/resources/tools/crystal_viewer/bcc.jpg The Crystal Viewer in ANTSY tool enables the interactive visualization different Bravais lattices, and crystal planes, and materials (diamond, Si, InAs, GaAs, graphene, buckyball). It is supported by homework assignment in MS Word and Adobe PDF format.

Exercise: Crystal Lattices

Band Models / Band Structure

Piece-Wise Constant Potential Barriers Lab

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, Periodic Potential Lab, Band Structure Lab, Carrier Statistics Lab, Drift-Diffusion Lab, PN Junction Lab, BJT Lab, MOSCap, and MOSFet.

Additional Reading and Tools

Solar Cells


/site/resources/tools/adept/adept2.png ADEPT is not supported within ANTSY, since it is a research-oriented tool that enables the study of solar cells for various material systems. A Reference Manual and a ADEPT Heterostructure Tutorial are available. The interface is not a simple point-and-click interface as for example the PN junction lab, but simulation commands are entered in a command-like fashion.

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

/site/resources/tools/nanomos/nanomos2.gif /site/resources/tools/nanomos/nanomos3.gif /site/resources/tools/nanofet/nanofet2.gif /site/resources/tools/fettoy/1-fettoy.gif /site/resources/tools/fettoy/fettoy1.gif The Field-Effect-Transistor has been proposed and implement in many physical systems, materials, and geometries. A multitude of acronyms have developed around these concepts. The “Many-Acronym-Device-FET” or “madFET” was born. The author of this document was able to trace an attribute to the acronym madFET from Bill Frensley to Herbert Kroemer. hosts a variety of tools that enable the simulation of field effect transisors for a variety of different geometries in a variety of different levels of approximations. There is a madFETs topics page that provides an overview of many of the madFET tools.

Technology Computer Aided Design – TCAD

/site/resources/tools/padre/padre.jpg Once students have mastered the basics of semiconductors they may be quite interested in venturing into TCAD. There is a topics page for aTCADlab and associated single aTCADlab tool that assembles various TCAD tools available on the nanoHUB. Process, device, and circuit simulation is represented in aTCADlab.

Created on , Last modified on, a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.