Fundamentals of Current Flow
Learning Objective:This course is part of a Purdue initiative that aims to complement the expertise that students develop with the breadth at the edges needed to work effectively in today's multidisciplinary environment.
This is a one credit hour course, not three credit hours. Class duration: Aug 20, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018.The traditional description of electronic motion through a solid is based on diffusive transport, which means that the electron takes a random walk from the source to the drain of a transistor, for example. However, modern nanoelectronic devices often have channel lengths comparable to a mean free path so that electrons travel ballistically, or like a bullet. This course provides a unified conceptual framework for ballistic and diffusive transport of both electrons and phonons, that is very different from what is taught in standard courses, but indispensable to understanding nanoelectronic devices.