Manual for Archimedes, the GNU Monte Carlo simulator

By Jean Michel D Sellier

Purdue University

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Archimedes is the GNU package for semiconductor device simulations that has been released for the first time on 2005 under GPL. It has been created by Jean Michel D. Sellier who is, since then, the leader of the project and the main developer. It is a Free software and thus it can be copied, modified and redistributed under GPL. This is one of the big advantages of using Archimedes. Archimedes belongs to the well-known family of TCAD software, i.e. tools utilized to assist the development of technologically relevant products. In particular, this package assists engineers in designing and simulating submicron and mesoscopic semiconductor devices. In a next-future version Archimedes will also be able to simulate nanodevices, using the Wigner formalism. Today Archimedes is used in several big companies for simulation and production purposes.

Archimedes is also useful for teaching purposes since everybody can access the sources, modify and test them. Today, it is used for teaching courses in several hundreds universities all around the world.

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Jean Michel Sellier, Free Software Foundation and GNU


Jean Michel D Sellier (2011), "Archimedes, GNU Monte Carlo simulator," (DOI: 10.4231/D38911Q3C).

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