Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics, Part B: Quantum Transport - Purdue University



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Explore quantum transport in nanoscale devices and spintronics in this introductory nanotechnology course. “This MOOC is one of the best. Exceptional in all regards.” – Student from Part AWith this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: This course is intended to be broadly accessible to students in any branch of science or engineering. Students should have a basic familiarity with calculus, elementary differential equations, and matrix algebra. No prior acquaintance with quantum mechanics is assumed. For Fundamental of Nanoelectronics, Part A: Basic Concepts, please visit our archived course on


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Nanoelectronic devices are an integral part of our life, including the billion-plus transistors in every smartphone, each of which has an active region that is only a few hundred atoms in length. This nanotechnology course explains the fundamentals of nanoelectronics and mesoscopic physics. Even with NO prior background in quantum mechanics, you should learn about cutting-edge developments and concepts that will prepare you for a future in nanotechnology and nanoelectronics. Indeed we hope you will be excited to join the field and help invent the new devices that will shape the electronics of this century and meet its challenges. Second in a two part series, this nanotechnology course provides an introduction to more advanced topics, including the Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function (NEGF) method widely used to analyze quantum transport in nanoscale devices. We will explore a number of topics within nanoelectronics, taking a more in depth look at quantum transport, gaining greater insight into the application of the Schrodinger Equation, and learning the basics of spintronics. “The course was just awesome!” - Student from Part A This course is the latest in a series offered by the nanoHUB-U project which is jointly funded by Purdue and the National Science Foundation with the goal of transcending disciplines through short courses accessible to students in any branch of science or engineering. These courses focus on cutting-edge topics distilled into short lectures with quizzes and practice exams.

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Supriyo Datta Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University   Supriyo Datta started his career in ultrasonics, but since 1985 has focused on current flow in nanoscale electronic devices. The approach pioneered by his group for the description of quantum transport has been widely adopted in the field of nano electronics and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for this work. This approach, combining the non-equilibrium Green function (NEGF) formalism of many-body physics with the Landauer formalism from mesoscopic physics, is described in his books Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Systems (Cambridge 1995), Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor (Cambridge 2005) and Lessons from Nanoelectronics (World Scientific 2012).