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Future Trends in Microelectronics: Up the Nano Creek

Book Description

In this book leading profesionals in the semiconductor microelectronics field discuss the future evolution of their profession. The following are some of the questions discussed:

  • Does CMOS technology have a real problem?

  • Do transistors have to be smaller or just better and made of better materials?

  • What is to come after semiconductors?

  • Superconductors or molecular conductors?

  • Is bottom-up self-assembling the answer to the limitation of top-down lithography?

  • Is it time for Optics to become a force in computer evolution?

  • Quantum Computing, Spintronics?

  • Where is the printable plastic electronics proposed 10 years ago?

  • Are carbon nanotube transistors the CMOS of the future?

Table of Contents

  1. Coverpage
  2. Titlepage
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. 1 PHYSICS: THE FOUNDATIONS
    1. Is Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computation Really Possible?
    2. Quantum Computation – Future of Microelectronics?
    3. Semiconductor Spintronics: Progress and Challenges
    4. Towards Semiconductor Spin Logic
    5. Molecular Meso- and Nanodevices: Are the Molecules Conducting?
    6. The Problem of a Perfect Lens Made From a Slab With Negative Refraction
    7. Is There a Linewidth Theory for Semiconductor Lasers?
    8. Fermi Liquid Behavior of GaAs Quantum Wires
  7. 2 BIOLOGY: WE ARE ALL ZOA
    1. Towards Molecular Medicine
    2. Interfacing the Brain – With Microelectronics?
    3. Synthetic Biology: Synthesis and Modification of a Chemical Called Poliovirus
    4. Guided Evolution in Interacting Microchemostat Arrays for Optimization of Photobacterial Hydrogen Production
    5. Improvements in Light Emitters by Controlling Spontaneous Emission: From LEDs to Biochips
  8. 3 ELECTRONICS: CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS
    1. Nanomanufacturing Technology: Exa-Units at Nano-Dollars
    2. 32 nm: Lithography at a Crossroad
    3. Physical Limits of Silicon CMOS: Real Showstopper or Wrong Problem?
    4. Will the Insulated Gate Transistor Concept Survive Next Decade?
    5. Scaling Limits of Silicon CMOS and Non-Silicon Opportunities
    6. Carbon-Nanotube Solutions for the Post-CMOS-Scaling World
    7. Alternatives to Silicon: Will Our Best Be Anywhere Good Enough in Time?
    8. MRAM Downscaling Challenges
    9. Atomically Controlled Processing for Future Si-Based Devices
    10. Ultimate VLSI Clocking Using Passive Serial Distribution
    11. Origin of 1/f Noise in MOS Devices: Concluding a Noisy Debate
    12. Quasiballistic Transport in Nano-MOSFETs
    13. Absolute Negative Resistance in Ballistic Variable Threshold Field Effect Transistor
    14. Formation of Three-Dimensional SiGe Quantum Dot Crystals
    15. Robust Metallic Interconnects for Flexible Electronics and Bioelectronics
  9. 4 PHOTONICS: LIGHT TO THE RESCUE
    1. Silicon Photonics – Optics to the Chip at Last?
    2. The Future of Single- to Multi-Band Detector Technologies
    3. Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers and Real-Time T-Ray Imaging
    4. Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging
    5. Wavelength Tuning of Interband Cascade Lasers Based on the Stark Effect
    6. Intersubband Quantum-Box Lasers: An Update
    7. A New Class of Semiconductors Using Quantum Confinement of Silicon in a Dielectric Matrix
    8. Merging Nanoepitaxy and Nanophotonics
    9. Quantum Control of the Dynamics of a Semiconductor Quantum Well
  10. LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
  11. INDEX