30.116 Introduction to Nano-electronics

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This course is not offered in 2020.

Traditionally, progress in electronics has been driven by miniaturisation. When the dimension goes to nano-meter or the quantum materials were used, the traditional model of the electronics must be revised. As an introduction to nano-electronics, this class teaches the theory of current, voltage and resistance from bottom up. To describe physics at the nanoscale, we will begin with an introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics: including quantisation, the wave-particle duality, wave functions, Schrödinger’s equation, and electronic properties on nano-materials.

We will then compare the traditional MOSFETs with nano-scale transistors.


Course Lead/Main Instructor

Learning Objectives

  • Application of quantum mechanics in nanoelectronics
  • Introduction of Solid-state physics from bulk materials to nano-materials
  • Electronic bands, density of states and dispersion relations at difference dimensions (0-D, 1-D, 2-D and 3-D)
  • Current-voltage relations and quantum conductance
  • Theoretical limits for field effect transistors
  • Applications of nano-electronics beyond computing


The assessment includes regular problem sets, simulation-based project, a midterm, term paper and a final examination.