Transistors and Atoms

  • J. Dąbrowski
  • E. R. Weber
  • H.-J. Müssig
  • W. Schröter
Part of the Springer Series in MATERIALS SCIENCE book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 72)


The unprecedented success of the “silicon revolution” has demonstrated that a new microelectronic technology can be developed and the existing one optimized in a straightforward way: by experimenting with processing parameters during production. The loss of some runs is treated as a contribution to the cost of production. But as these runs become more and more expensive, the importance of computer-aided design tools simulating device/circuit manufacture and operation is increasing. We summarize the topics in basic materials science which are likely to match the needs of the mainstream semiconductor technology, the Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS), which is entering into the atomic-scale regime. In order to maintain the current pace of technological progress and still be economically viable, extreme control of atomistic processes is needed. The resulting new challenges for simulation of technological processes call for intensified, focused basic research. We discuss the prospective subjects and their technological background. We address the needs and the current status of research in the fields covered (doping, deposition, reliability, and device physics) in more detail in other chapters, and we briefly mention the situation in fields that are beyond the scope of this book (crystal growth, lithography, planarization, yield, and packaging). We also introduce the reader to the CMOS technology and to atomistic simulation techniques, and present the general trends in miniaturization.


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  • J. Dąbrowski
  • E. R. Weber
  • H.-J. Müssig
  • W. Schröter

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