**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

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**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", 2^{nd} 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paper to read for Coulomb Blockade effect

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

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

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