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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.
Quantum-dot Cellular Automata (QCA) - Memory Cells
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03 Feb 2006 | Animations | Contributor(s): John C. Bean
Scientists and engineers are looking for completely different ways of storing and analyzing information. Quantum-dot Cellular Automata are one possible solution. In computers of the future,...
Quantum-dot Cellular Automata (QCA) - Logic Gates
An earlier animation described how "Quantum-dot Cellular Automata" (QCAs) could serve as memory cells and wires. This animation contnues the story by describing how QCAs can be made into MAJORITY,...
A Primer on Semiconductor Device Simulation
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23 Jan 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Computer simulation is now an essential tool for the research and development of semiconductor processes and devices, but to use a simulation
tool intelligently, one must know what's "under the...
Optimization of Transistor Design for Carbon Nanotubes
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21 Jan 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jing Guo
We have developed a self-consistent atomistic simulator for CNTFETs.
Using the simulator, we show that a recently reported high-performance
CNTFET delivers a near ballistic on-current. The...
A 3D Quantum Simulation of Silicon Nanowire Field-Effect Transistors
17 Jan 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mincheol Shin
As the device size of the conventional planar metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor
(MOSFET) shrinks into the deep sub micron regime, the device performance significantly...
12 Jan 2006 | Tools | Contributor(s): Mark R. Pinto, kent smith, Muhammad A. Alam, Steven Clark, Xufeng Wang, Gerhard Klimeck, Dragica Vasileska
2D/3D devices under steady state, transient conditions or AC small-signal analysis
A Top-Down Introduction to the NEGF Approach
11 Jan 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
Homework for PN Junctions: Depletion Approximation (ECE 606)
09 Jan 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Muhammad A. Alam
This homework assignment is part of ECE 606 "Solid State Devices" (Purdue University). It contains 5 problems which lead students through a comparison of the depletion approximation and an exact...
Homework for Circuit Simulation: ECE 255
08 Jan 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Gerold W. Neudeck
This collection of homeworks is used in ECE 255 "Introduction to Electronic Analysis and Design" (Purdue University). Students do their work, or
sometimes check their work, by using the Spice...
Homework for Monte Carlo Method: High field transport in Bulk Si
06 Jan 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Muhammad A. Alam
This homework assignment is part of ECE 656 "Electronic Transport in Semiconductors" (Purdue University). It contains 10 problems which lead students through the simulation of high-field...
Homework for PN Junctions: Depletion Approximation (ECE 305)
06 Jan 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom, David Janes
This homework assignment is part of ECE 305 "Semiconductor Device Fundamentals" (Purdue University). It contains 7 problems which lead students through a comparison of the depletion approximation...
Resonant Tunneling Diodes: an Exercise
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06 Jan 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): H.-S. Philip Wong
This homework assignment was created by H.-S. Philip Wong for EE 218 "Introduction to Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology" (Stanford University). It includes a couple of simple "warm up" exercises...
Quantum Corrections for Monte Carlo Simulation
05 Jan 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Umberto Ravaioli
Size quantization is an important effect in modern scaled devices. Due to the cost and limitations of available full quantum approaches, it is appealing to extend semi-classical simulators by...
Designing Nanocomposite Materials for Solid-State Energy Conversion
28 Dec 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands
New materials will be necessary to break through today's performance envelopes for
solid-state energy conversion devices ranging from LED-based solid-state white lamps to
Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics (Fall 2004)
07 Dec 2005 | Courses | Contributor(s): Supriyo Datta, Behtash Behinaein
A newer version of this course is now available
and we would greatly appreciate your feedback regarding the new format and contents.
Welcome to the ECE 453 lectures.
Exercises for FETToy
07 Dec 2005 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
This series of exercises uses the FETToy program to illustrate some of the key physical concepts for nanotransistors.
Ballistic Nanotransistors - Learning Module
07 Dec 2005 | Series | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
This resource is an introduction to the theory ballistic nanotransistors. No transistor is fully ballistic, but analyzing nanotransistors by neglecting scattering processes provides new insights...
Notes on the Ballistic MOSFET
21 Nov 2005 | Papers | Contributor(s): Mark Lundstrom
When analyzing semiconductor devices, the traditional approach is to assume that carriers scatter
frequently from ionized impurities, phonons, surface roughness, etc. so that the average...
How Semiconductors and Transistors Work
20 Nov 2005 | Animations | 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 | Animations | 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.