Higher education teachers: Smole Franc
Credits: 5
Subject code: 13

Subject description


  • Enrolment in the 1st year of PhD programme (Level III) and basic knowledge of semiconductor electronics

Content (Syllabus outline):

Definition of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. An outlook of nanoscience. Classical and quantum particles and waves. Free and confined electrons. Coulomb blockade. Quantum dots, quantum wells and quantum wires. Tunneling, tunnel junctions and applications of tunneling. The top-down approach. The bottom-up approach. Device scaling and nonideal effects. Electronic devices based on quantum heterostructures and superlattices. Single-electron transistor. Growth, fabrication, and measurement techniques for nanostructures. Manipulation and assembly. Self-assembly. Molecular nanoelectronics. Computer architectures based on molecular electronics. Switches and complex molecular devices. Nanoelectronic circuit architectures. Electromagnetic, optical and electronic properties of nanostructures. Transport properties of semiconductor nanostructures. Ballistic transport. Nanomagnetics and spintronics. Nanophotonics. Polymer electronics. Organic active and passive devices and circuits. Carbon nanotubes and nanowires. Structure and properties of carbon nanotubes. Electronic, optoelectronic, magnetic, chemical and thermoelectrical properties of carbon nanotubes. Electronic devices and circuits based on nanotubes. Chemical and biological nanosensors. Nano- and micromachines. Modeling and simulation of quantum- and nanosystems.

Objectives and competences:

The aim of the course is to upgrade definitions and concepts and to introduce students with research trends in the field of nanoelectronics and to survey characteristics of already investigated structures, devices and systems. Gained knowledge will enable students easier involvement in broad interdisciplinary field of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology.

Intended learning outcomes:

Student will acquire knowledge from rapidly developing field of nanoelectronics and nanotechnologies through gained ability to understand the concepts ofnanoelectronics, including one-electron phenomenons and electronic transport in nanoscopic systems. In addition, the nanoelectronic applications of quantum wells, dots and wires will be explained.

Learning and teaching methods:

  • lectures, seminars, laboratory assignments

Study materials

  1. William A. Goddard, Donald W. Brenner, Sergey Edward Lyshevski, Gerald J. Iafrate,Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology, CRC Press LLC, 2012.
  2. Paul Harrison, Quantum Wells, Wires and Dots, Theoretical and Computational Physics ofSemiconductor Nanostructures, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2009.
  3. Edward L. Wolf, Nanophysics and Nanotechnology, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2008.
  4. M. Meyyappan, Carbon Nanotubes, Science and Applications, CRC Press LLC, 2005.
  5. George W. Hanson, Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008