In this course, several types of nanoscale electronic systems will be introduced. We will focus on novel nano-transistors, molecular and solid-state tunneling devices, and nanoscale chemical and biological sensors, etc. Critical issues in the design, fabrication, and electrical characterization of these nanosystems will be discussed in detail. Fundamental principles that govern device performance on the nanometer scale will be a primary focus of the course. Knowledge of basic quantum mechanics is required. Another important topic of the course will be the fabrication of nanoscale structures. We will have a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art fabrication techniques of both "top-down" and "bottom-up" approaches. In addition, there will be an introduction to different material preparation methods for several important nanoscale components and building blocks.
Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing.