Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Compulsory for: N4hn. Optional for: E4, E4hn, F4, F4hn, F4nf, MNAV1, MSOC1. Course coordinator: Prof. Lars-Erik Wernersson,, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: FFF115 High Speed Devices or FFF021 Semiconductor physcs, ETI130 Digital IC-design or ESS020 Analogue Circuits. Assessment: Written exam, laboratory work, project and oral presentation. Home page:

This course deals with the applications of nanoelectronics in a number of areas and it will give knowledge about how devices may be realized and modelled for applications beyond CMOS. For instance, the nanotechnology allows for an heterogeneous materials integration of transistors which may be used to reduce the power consumption in circuit applications. The course will use knowledge in the areas of nanotechnology and circuit design. The use of nanowires and nanotubes will be discussed and different device technologies with potential to reduce the power consumption will be emphasized. Challenges in the THz region will further be discussed.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Possibilities and challenges for the Si CMOS technology at and beyond the 20 nm node. Heterogeneous materials integration: High-k dielectrics, epitaxy of materials with large lattice mis-match, nanowires. Electronics based on nanowires and nanotubes och their RF and noise characteristics. Basic limitations for swithcing energies in logics and QCAs. High frequency circuits and power consumtion in basic building blocks at high speed. The use of nanoelectronics in communication systems.

During the laborations, the students will measure and develop models for nanoelectronic devices and simulate hos these perform in simple circuits. The use of conventional tools that the engineer later will use professionally will be emphazised.

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