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Archimedes, GNU Monte Carlo simulator

By Jean Michel D Sellier


Monte Carlo simulation of 2D semiconductor devices, III-V materials

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Published on 01 Apr 2009
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Archimedes is the GNU package for the design and simulation of submicron semiconductor devices. It is a 2D Fast Monte Carlo simulator which can take into account all the relevant quantum effects, thank to the implementation of the Bohm effective potential method.

The physics and geometry of a general device is introduced by typing a simple script, which makes, in this sense, Archimedes a powerful tool for the simulation of quite general semiconductor devices.

Of all the simulation methods currently employed, ensemble Monte Carlo has always been, both in the accademic and industrial community, the most vigorous and trusted method for device simulation, as it is proven to be reliable and predictive, as one can easily see from the vast bibliography on this subject. However, as Monte Carlo relies on the particle nature of the electron (in fact we consider an electron like a ‘biliard ball’), quantum effects associated with the wave-like nature of electrons cannot fully incorporated into the actual simulators, i.e. the ensemble Monte Carlo have to be lightly (or strongly, it depends on the point of view and on the methods implemented…) modified to take into account the quantum effects, at least at a first order of approximation, which is certainly enough to take into account correctly all the relevant quantum effects present in the present-day semiconductor devices (till 2015 probably…).

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Jean Michel Sellier, jeanmichel.sellier at gmail dot com / jsellier at purdue dot edu

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  • Jean Michel D Sellier (2014), "Archimedes, GNU Monte Carlo simulator," (DOI: 10.4231/D3ZG6G669).

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