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Progress in technology has brought microelectronics to the nanoscale, but nanoelectronics is not yet a well-defined engineering discipline with a coherent, experimentally verified, theoretical framework. The NCN has a vision for a new, 'bottom-up' approach to electronics, which involves: understanding electronic conduction at the atomistic level; formulating new simulation techniques; developing a new generation of software tools; and bringing this new understanding and perspective into the classroom. We address problems in atomistic phenomena, quantum transport, percolative transport in inhomogeneous media, reliability, and the connection of nanoelectronics to new problems such as biology, medicine, and energy. We work closely with experimentalists to understand nanoscale phenomena and to explore new device concepts. In the course of this work, we produce open source software tools and educational resources that we share with the community through the nanoHUB.
This page is a starting point for nanoHUB users interested in nanoelectronics. It lists key resources developed by the NCN Nanoelectronics team. The nanoHUB contains many more resources for nanoelectronics, and they can be located with the nanoHUB search function. To find all nanoelectronics resources, search for 'nanoelectronics.' To find those contributed by the NCN nanoelectronics team, search for 'NCNnanoelectronics.'
More information on Nanoelectronics can be found here.
How Semiconductors and Transistors Work
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20 Nov 2005 | | Contributor(s):: John C. Bean
This animation shows how semiconductor crystals work and how they are used to make transistor switches.
Molecular Beam Epitaxy
16 Nov 2005 | | Contributor(s):: John C. Bean
Microelectronic devices are made by repeating two steps: 1) Depositing a thin uniform layer of material; 2) Then using a photographic process to pattern and remove unwanted areas of that layer.
Fabrication of a MOSFET within a Microprocessor
This resource depicts the step-by-step process by which the transistors of an integrated circuit are made.
Scanning Probe Microscopes
15 Mar 2005 | | Contributor(s):: EPICS LSPM Team
Laura explains how scanning probe microscopes can be used to create images of small devices, molecules, and even atoms! A large-scale version of the scanning probe microscope is built out of Legos to show the basic principles.
Feasibility of Molecular Manufacturing
14 Mar 2005 | | Contributor(s):: EPICS LSPM Team
Martin and Laura have an interesting debate about the feasibility of Molecular Manufacturing. Can molecular assemblers be developed to create new materials, new devices, and even macroscopic objects? Find out... If Martin ever wakes up!
Nanomanufacturing: Top-Down and Bottom-Up
Martin presents an overview of nanomanufacturing techniques, explaining the difference between top-down and bottom-up approaches.