Course syllabus


FFF160, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2015-04-10

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Compulsory for: N4-hn
Elective for: E4-fh, F4, F4-hn, F4-nf, MSOC1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam, laboratory work, project and oral presentation.


Required prior knowledge: ETIN70 Modern Electronics, or FFF021 Semiconductor Physics and ETIN20 Digital IC-design.
The number of participants is limited to: No

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Prof. Lars-Erik Wernersson,
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