Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-819E: Special Topics in Applies Physics: Electronics in Low Dimensions




The continuous miniaturization is pushing electronics into a new era. One or more dimensions of electronic devices have been scaled down to nanoscale or even atomic scale. To better understand and build electronic devices in low dimensions, it is advantageous to take a “bottom-up” approach to study electronics, which is a new and insightful approach to study electronic transport. In this course, we will start with quantum mechanical descriptions of atoms and molecules, and then scale up to device-level (e.g. field effect transistors) transport behaviors. Low-dimensional electronic materials, such as graphene, 2D transition metal dichalcogenides, carbon nanotubes, etc, will be examined, particularly from a device application perspective. Fundamental limits of computation will be discussed. Concepts of quantized conductance, band diagram, density of states, etc will also be covered.

Last Modified: 2019-04-25 2:56PM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2015
  • Fall 2013
  • Fall 2012