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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.
Device Options and Trade-offs for 5 nm CMOS Technology Seminar Series
05 Oct 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Today's CMOS technology is so-called 14-nm technology. 10 nm technology development is well underway, and 7 nm has begun. It will soon be time to select a technology for the 5 nm node. To help understand the device options, what each on promises, what the challenges and trade-offs are,...
23 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska
This series on process modeling describes key process modeling steps such as implantation, diffusion, oxidation, etching, deposition, etc.
Nanoelectronics and Modeling at the Nanoscale
30 Jun 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
Nanoelectronics refers to the use of nanotechnology on electronic components, especially transistors. Although the term nanotechnology is generally defined as utilizing technology less than 100 nm in size, nanoelectronics sometimes refers to transistor devices that are so small that inter-atomic...
From Semi-Classical to Quantum Transport Modeling
10 Aug 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska
This set of powerpoint slides series provides insight on what are the tools available for modeling devices that behave either classically or quantum-mechanically. An in-depth description is provided to the approaches with emphasis on the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Conclusions...
ECE 495N Teaching Materials: Homeworks and Exams (Fall 2008)
07 Jul 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
Teaching materials for ECE 495N "Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics".
ECE 659 Teaching Materials: Homeworks and Exams (Spring 2009)
24 Jun 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
Teaching materials for ECE 659 "Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor".
Computational Electronics HW Set
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24 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
Quantum Mechanics for Engineers: Podcasts
07 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck, David K. Ferry
This course will introduce the students to the basic concepts and postulates of quantum mechanics. Examples will include simple systems such as particle in an infinite and finite well, 1D and 2D harmonic oscillator and tunneling. Numerous approximation techniques, such as WKB method,...
Quantum Mechanics: Stationary Perturbation Theory
10 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
Stationary perturbation theory is concerned with finding the changes in the discrete energy levels and the changes in the corresponding energy eigenfunctions of a system, when the Hamiltonian of a system is changed by a small amount. In this section we provide reading material regarding...
Quantum Mechanics: Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory
Time-dependent perturbation theory, developed by Paul Dirac, studies the effect of a time-dependent perturbation V(t) applied to a time-independent Hamiltonian H0. Since the perturbed Hamiltonian is time-dependent, so are its energy levels and eigenstates. Therefore, the goals of time-dependent...
Quantum Mechanics: Harmonic Oscillator
09 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
The quantum harmonic oscillator is the quantum mechanical analogue of the classical harmonic oscillator. It is one of the most important model systems in quantum mechanics because an arbitrary potential can be approximated as a harmonic potential at the vicinity of a stable equilibrium point....
Quantum Mechanics: WKB Approximation
In physics, the WKB (Wentzel–Kramers–Brillouin) approximation, also known as WKBJ (Wentzel–Kramers–Brillouin–Jeffreys) approximation, is the most familiar example of a semiclassical calculation in quantum mechanics in which the wavefunction is recast as an exponential function, semiclassically...
Quantum Mechanics: Hydrogen Atom and Electron Spin
A hydrogen atom is an atom of the chemical element hydrogen. The electrically neutral atom contains a single positively-charged proton and a single negatively-charged electron bound to the nucleus by the Coulomb force. The most abundant isotope, hydrogen-1, protium, or light hydrogen, contains no...
Quantum Mechanics: Landauer's Formula
08 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
When a metallic nanojunction between two macroscopic electrodes is connected to a battery, electrical current flows across it. The battery provides, and maintains, the charge imbalance between the electrode surfaces needed to sustain steady-state conduction in the junction. This static...
Quantum Mechanics: Periodic Potentials and Kronig-Penney Model
The Kronig-Penney model is a simple approximation of a solid. The potential consists of a periodic arrangement of delta functions, square well or Coulomb well potentials. By means of epitaxial growth techniques artificial semiconductor superlattices can be realized, which behave very similar to...
Quantum Mechanics: Tunneling
In quantum mechanics, quantum tunnelling is a micro nanoscopic phenomenon in which a particle violates the principles of classical mechanics by penetrating a potential barrier or impedance higher than the kinetic energy of the particle. A barrier, in terms of quantum tunnelling, may be a form of...
Quantum Mechanics: Time Independent Schrodinger Wave Equation
07 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
In physics, especially quantum mechanics, the Schrödinger equation is an equation that describes how the quantum state of a physical system changes in time. It is as central to quantum mechanics as Newton's laws are to classical mechanics.In the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics, the...
Quantum Mechanics: Introductory Concepts
In this section of the Quantum Mechanics class we discuss the particle-wave duality and the need for the quantization of energy to explain the black-body radiation and the photoelectric effect. We provide reading material, slides and video, which in a very illustrative way, explain the most...
Quantum Mechanics: Postulates
A physical system is generally described by three basic ingredients: states; observables; and dynamics (or law of time evolution) or, more generally, a group of physical symmetries. A classical description can be given in a fairly direct way by a phase space model of mechanics: states are points...
Quantum Mechanics: Wavepackets
In physics, a wave packet is an envelope or packet containing an arbitrary number of wave forms. In quantum mechanics the wave packet is ascribed a special significance: it is interpreted to be a "probability wave" describing the probability that a particle or particles in a particular state will...