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ECE 45300 - Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Professional Attributes
EE Elective

Normally Offered: Each Fall

MA 26600 and MA 26500 or MA 26200

Requisites by Topic:
Familiarity with matrix algebra, MATLAB, Elementary differential equations

Catalog Description:
Nanoelectronic devices are an integral part of our life, including the billion-plus transistors in every smartphone, each of which has an active region that is only a few hundred atoms long. This course is designed to convey the key concepts developed in the last 25 years which constitute the fundamentals of nanoelectronics and mesoscopic physics, assuming a minimal set of prerequisites. Topics covered include the new Ohm's law, conductance quantization, the nanotransistor, spin valves, thermoelectricity, quantum systems and the non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) method.

Required Text(s):
  1. Lessons from Nanoelectronics, S. Datta, World Scientific Publication, 2012, ISBN No. 978-981-4335-29-4.
Recommended Text(s):
  1. MatLab: Student Version, Current Edition, The MathWorks, Inc..
  2. Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor, S. Datta, Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN No. 0-521-63145-9.

Learning Objectives:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. ability to perform semiclassical analysis of charge flow in nanoelectronic devices. [a,i]
  2. ability to perform semiclassical analysis of spin flow and heat flow in nanoelectronic devices. [a,i]
  3. ability to perform quantum analysis of nanoelectronic devices. [a,i]
Assessment Method for Learning Objectives: Seven exams. Exams 1-3 satisfying outcome i, exams 4-5 satisfying outcome ii and exams 6-7 satisfying outcome iii.

Lecture Outline:

Week(s) Topic(s)
1-2 The new Ohm's law, from ballistic to diffusive conductors
3-4 Density of states and density of modes
5-6 The nanotransistor
7-8 Spin transport
9-10 Thermoelectricity, Heat flow
11-12 Bandstructure
13-14 Quantum transport, Non-equilibrium Green's
15 Law of equilibrium, Colomb blockade