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Eric Pop - Stanford University - USA, "Energy, Thermal, and Thermoelectric Effects in Nanoscale Devices", 12-16 June 2017

16 hours (4 credits)

Aula Riunioni del Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, via G. Caruso 16, Pisa – Ground Floor

Short Abstract:
In this short course, we will examine energy-related topics in modern nanoelectronics, from fundamentals to systems. Fundamental topics include energy storage and transfer via electrons and phonons, ballistic limits of current and heat, meso- to macroscale mobility and thermal conductivity. Applied topics include power in nanoscale devices (1D nanotubes and nanowires, 2D materials, 3D silicon CMOS, resistive memory and interconnects), circuit leakage, temperature measurements, thermoelectric energy conversion, and thermal challenges in densely integrated systems. The course is intended to bridge knowledge gaps between students with Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, and Physics backgrounds. Basic knowledge of semiconductors, transistors, and Matlab (or similar) are recommended.

Course Contents in brief:

  • Electrons and Phonons: Microscopic Origin of Macroscopic Laws
  • Quasi-Ballistic Current and Heat Flow
  • Boundary Scattering and Thermal Boundary Resistance
  • Self-Heating in Nanomaterials and Nanoscale Devices
  • Thermal Effects in Nanoscale Devices (CMOS, 1D, 2D, and memory)
  • Thermal Resistance – Device and System Estimates
  • Nanoscale Temperature Measurements
  • Thermoelectric Energy Conversion


Date: 12-16 June 2017

  • June 12, 14.00-17.00
  • June 13, 09.00-12.00
  • June 14, 09.00-12.00, 12.00-13.00 TBC
  • June 15, 09.00-12.00
  • June 16, 09.00-12.00