Simulate the nanoscale multigate-FET structures (finFET and nanowire) using drift diffusion approaches

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MuGFET is a simulation tool for nano-scale multi-gate FET structure. MuGFET users can either use [ PROPHET] or [ PADRE]. It provides self-consistent solutions to the Poisson and drift-diffusion equation. At the nanometer scale, quantum transport approaches that are based on a full 3D Poisson-Schroedinger solution like the [/tools/nanowire/ nanowire Lab] or the atomistically resolved [/tools/bandstrlab/ Bandstructure Lab] are needed to provide insight into transport(1). However, for devices that are 10nm or larger, semi-classical approaches can provide some significant insight. For device domains 30nm or larger, quantum approaches as implemented in today's simulators, may not contain enough physics of scattering and dephasing. Therefore, there are some advantages in using classical simulation approaches over quantum simulation approaches for certain classes of device regimes. Drift and diffusion simulations are significantly faster than quantum ballistic simulations and also fairly well fitted to experimental results(2) [ PROPHET] is a PDE (partial differential equation) solver for 1, 2, or 3 dimension. It is developed in Bell Laboratories as a process simulator(3). Because of its capability of adopting new simulation modules to the core solver, it is used in various semiconductor device simulation. [ PADRE] is also developed in Bell Laboratories and a device-oriented simulator for 2D/3D device with arbitrary geometry(3). It provides many useful plots for engineers and deep understanding of physics. Many options are provided with respect to the numerical methods and semiconductor device physics. The numerical methods in PADRE are extremely robust. It can include hot-carrier transport by solving energy balance equation. The velocity of carriers in the channel region is fitted to the Monte Carlo simulation results(4). MuGFET is user-friendly graphical user interface for users to simulate finFET and nanowire-FET structure using either [ PROPHET] or [ PADRE]. It provides a lot of useful plots such as subthreshold, DIBL, on/off current ratio, etc. Various examples in this simulator is compared to the experimental results(5-7) in the [/resources/4470/ First Time User Guide]. The tool is supported by a [/resources/4470/ First Time User Guide]. * Recent change(Version 1.1.2) * Example for a triple gate FET added * Memory problem for triple gate FET fixed * Gaussian doping for triple gate removed due to errors * Version 1.1.1 * Example results updated for the upgraded [ PADRE] (v1.3) * Constant mesh size generation for memory saving * Version 1.1 * Energy balance equation option included to understand hot carrier effect on transport * Input sequence is changed for user’s convenience (Device Type-Structure-Material-Environment-Simulator-Simulate) * Gaussian doping profile upgraded to be more realistic * Refined meshes * Minor error fixed(sequence plot for one Vd in PADRE

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  • SungGeun Kim, Gerhard Klimeck, Sriraman Damodaran, Benjamin P Haley (2023), "MuGFET," (DOI: 10.21981/GVN0-X289).

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