GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

 

Spring 2016        ECE 685:  Nanoelectronics

Time and location:  Thursday 7:20 pm - 10:00 pm, Music/Theater Building 1002

Instructor:  Qiliang Li, Engineering Bldg, Room 3250, Tel 703-993-1596, Email:  qli6@gmu.edu

Office Hours:  Friday 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm; other times by appointment. 

 

Course DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on the fundamental concepts and principles of nanoelectronic materials and devices. Nanoelectronics is concerned with electronic devices with one or more dimensions at nanoscale. The lecture will cover the electronic properties of solids including semiconductors in samples of physical dimension of ~100 nm or less, and the corresponding basic device building blocks such as quantum dot (QD), single electron transistor (SET), nanowire, carbon nanotube (CNT), graphene, etc. The course will consider the design and analysis of a variety of nanoscale devices ("quantum" or "mesoscopic" devices) and examine the most notable, novel applications.

Prerequisites: ECE 584 "Semiconductor Device Fundamentals" or equivalent courses

 

Required Textbook: "Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics" by George W. Hanson, Pearson/Prentice Hall (2008), ISBN 978-0131957084. 

 

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

1.      "Mesoscopic Electronics in Solid State Nanostructures" by Thomas Heinzel.

2.      "Nanoelectronics and Information Technology", 2nd Ed. by Rainer Waser (Ed.)

3.      "Semiconductor Physical Electronics" by S. Li, Springer, ISBN 978-0387288932

 

COURSE OUTLINE

1.      Course and Syllabus Overview

2.      Classical particles, classical waves, and quantum particles

3.      Quantum Mechanics of Electrons

4.      Confined Electrons / Electrons Subject to a Periodic Potential

5.      Tunnel Junctions and Applications of Tunneling

6.      Coulomb Blockade and the Single-Electron Transistor

7.      Carbon Nanotubes and Nanowire Transistors

8.      Many Electron Phenomena-Particle Statistics

9.      Models of Quantum Wells, Quantum Wires and Quantum Dots

10.   Nanowires, Ballistic Transport, and Spin Transport

11.   NanoCMOS / Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) CMOS

12.   Fundamental Limits to Scaling

 

GRADING

Homework + project#1 + project#2                            20% + 15% + 15%

Midterm Exam                                                            25%

Final Exam                                                                  25% 

(Exam will be announced in class at least two weeks before the exam.)

 

Lecture Notes, Slides, Reference Materials, Homework Assignments and Project Description

1. Chapter I Introduction to Nanoelectronics - Lecture Note Slides (ppt) and Lecture Note Slides (pdf)

 

2. Particles, waves and quantum particles - Lecture Note Slides  (ppt) and Lecture Note Slides (pdf)

 

3. Chapter 3 Quantum Mechanics - Lecture Note Slides  (ppt) and Lecture Note Slides (pdf)

 

 

Homework #1

Chapter 3: Problem (page 81 -84)

1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 15, 16

The homework is due on Feb. 4.

 

Chapter 3 solution

 

4. Chapter 4 Free and Confined Electrons - Lecture Note Slides (ppt)

 

Homework #2: 4.4, 4.8, 4.11 and  4.17, due on Feb 18

 

Chapter 4 problem solution

 

Write a 3 ~ 5 page review report on semiconductor quantum-well photodetectors(you will review 5 papers in this field.)Report is due on Feb. 18.

 

5. Chapter 5 Electrons Subject to a Periodic Potential - Band Theory of Solids - Lecture Note Slides (ppt)

 

Project #1 Description (pdf format)

The project report is due on March 17. The project presentation is on March 17, in class. Each takes 15 ~ 20 minutes.

 

Section 5.5 Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes

 

MoS2 monolayers: effects of doping, strain and size

 

Project #2

 

Homework #4: Chapter 5, page 177, Problem 2, 6, 17, 21. It is due on April 21

 

Homework solution

 

6. Chapter 6 Tunnel Junctions and Applications of Tunneling - Lecture Note Slides (ppt) or pdf format

 

Homework #3: 6.4, 6.6 and 6.12, it is due on March 24

 

Chapter 6 solution

 

Midterm Exam 1 - March 24: covering Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.

 

Midterm Exam solution

 

7. Coulomb Blockade and The single-electron transistor - Lecture Note slides part 1 and Lecture Note slides part 2

 

Chapter Text

 

Paper to read for Coulomb Blockade effect

 

Lecture Note slides part 2

 

Homework 5, Chapter 7: 7.3,  7.9,  7.11,  7.15. It is due on April 28.

 

Homework solution

 

10. Nanowires and Ballistic Transport - Lecture Notes (ppt)

 

Chapter Text

 

Homework solution

 

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