ELEC 4700 - The Physics and Modeling of Advanced Devices and Technologies
The course deals with numerical modeling of physical systems. It focuses on a number of numerical techniques based on both event/agent behavour (MD and MonteCarlo) and the use of finite differences for simulating distributed systems. Examples from the fabrication, operation and modeling of advanced devices for information technology are used. Topics: numerical techniques, physics of materials, quantum mechanics of solids, optical transitions, physical analysis and models for state-of-the-art electronic/optical technologies and materials. Technologies: MOS and III-V based transistors, solid-state optical devices, MEMS and nano-technology based devices.
Book of use but not needed::
Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices
PA Session Work (pass/fail): 20%
You will get one free pass on a PA without a Doctors note.
Assignments and Project:
There will be 4 assignments.
Assignments will be submitted and marked by the TA and then the TA will review the assignment and mark with the student.
The last two are optional and can be replaced with a simulation project. You will have to do a report and presentation on the project. The topic should be discussed with the instructor.
Toy Simulators and Git
A variety of modeling methods will be explored during the class (Monte-Carlo, Molecular Dynamics and Finite Difference are the primary ones.) Matlab code presenting "toy" simulators used to illustrate these methods is in the git repository at 4700Code. For some of the PA sessions you will be modifying this code.
Students must create a github account and use it for their assignments and PA sessions. For PA's you will use this account to download (clone) the course repo's for modification and to upload your own code. For the assignments you should use git locally to maintain a commit history and then when the assignment is due you should upload the repo to your account for marking.
Note: your account is open. If you upload your assignment code onto github before the due date your fellow students have access to it. So if you do not want to provide this access only create the repo on github when it is due. Although collaboration is encouraged mindless copying is not! So learning from others is good, but write your own code!
Course outline (All Classes are in Minto 6030 - Except the first which is as scheduled)
Week 1 - Modeling Introduction and Source Version Control (Git)
Assignment 1: For your write up it should be a little bit more like a lab report than an assignment. Not just a set of simple answers, but also some discussion. Think of it as an numerical experiment.
It is due on Sunday Feb 4th at 23:59.
There will be workshops in weeks 2-4. At these workshops you show something and you can get help! Assignment 1 Assignment Guidelines
Week 2 - Molecular Dynamics modeling
Week 3 - Monte-Carlo Modeling
Assignment 2: This assignment deals with solving a PDE (Laplace's Eq) with Finite Difference. A primary point is the limits of both numerical and analytical methods of solution. So you should think of it as a numerical experiment/lab.
It is due on Sunday Feb. 25th at 23:59.
There will be workshops in weeks 5 and 6. At these workshops you show something and you can get help! Assignment 2 Assignment Guidelines
Week 4 - Conduction, Electrostatics, SS Diffusion (iteration)
Week 5 - Matrices and Diffusion, Harmonic Wave Equation, Eigenvalues and Modes (QM-SCE)
Week 6 - Time Domain Simulation - Transport and differential equations
Week 7 - Reading Week
Assignment 3: This assignment first modifies your MC code from the 1st assignment to add an electric field. Then it should use your FD code to calculate and electric field for use in your MC code. If your FD code was not as good as it should be I can provide a matlab function that can be used.
It is due on the March 18th Sunday at 23:59.
There will be workshops on weeks 8-10. At this workshop you show something and you can get help! Assignment 3
Week 8 - ElectroMagnetic Simulation - waveguide propagation and scattering (modes)
Week 9 ElectroMagnetic Simulation (Yee Cell FDFD/FDTD)
Week 10 - Circuit modeling and compact models
Assignment 4: In this assignment you will create a very simple circuit simulator implementing time integration using FD and also use Monte-Carlo techniques to simulate noise in a resistor.
It is due on the April 8th Sunday at 23:59.
There will be workshop on weeks 11 and 12. At this workshop you show something and you can get help! Assignment 4
Week 11 -- Device Models (Diodes/BJT/MOSFET)
Week 12: Optical circuits and devices
Week 13: Detailed Device Simulators (Commercial)