Essentials of Transistors
- Explain the physical operations of transistors, especially nanoscale transistors.
- Relate the physical understanding to the IV characteristics of the device.
The transistor has been called the greatest invention of the 20th century - it enabled the electronics systems that have shaped the world we live in. Today's nanotransistors are a high-volume, high-impact success of the nanotechnology revolution. This is a course on how this scientifically interesting and technologically important device operates.
Topics include device metrics for digital and analog circuits, traditional MOSFET theory, the virtual source model, 1D and 2D electrostatics, Landauer/transmission approach to nanotransistors, the limits of MOSFETs, as well as a quick look at HEMTs, bipolar transistors, and compact circuit models.