50 Years in the Semiconductor Underground by David K. Ferry

By David K. Ferry

This ebook used to be derived from a conversation the writer gave on the foreign convention on complex Nanodevices and Nanotechnology in Hawaii. The booklet offers the author's own perspectives approximately technological know-how, engineering, and lifestyles, illustrated through a few tales approximately a variety of occasions, a few of that have formed the author's lifestyles.


This publication was once derived from a conversation the writer gave on the overseas convention on complicated Nanodevices and Nanotechnology in Hawaii. The ebook offers the author's own perspectives approximately technology, engineering, and existence, illustrated by means of a few tales approximately quite a few occasions, a few of that have formed the author's lifestyles.

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These would form what we call a two-dimensional lattice (in the parlance of science fiction, this has been called flatland). But the mile streets also form a lattice whose unit cell is a square mile area, which is called a section. Thus, a section contains 64 blocks and 640 acres. From high altitude, one cannot discern the blocks, and the streets look like the lattice. The lattice of the mile streets can then be thought of as a superlattice. If we now put in expressways every 10 miles, then a second superlattice can be created in which the unit cell is 100 square miles in area.

We know now that these devices suffered from source and drain contact resistances that were far too high. These series resistances dramatically lower the gain. Nevertheless, some two decades later, the cutoff frequency for high electron mobility transistors has only been raised by about a factor of 5 through strong industrial efforts. This has been achieved by moving to strained InAs for the active channel in the transistor, a material we discussed in the last chapter. But this line of research is now gone, as it has become irrelevant for university work.

In addition, it has a small bandgap so that it is a semiconductor, and it is not nearly as hard as diamond. Yet, they have exactly the same structure of their unit cell. There is only a small difference in the size of the unit cell and a small difference in the atomic potentials, yet these differences account entirely for the difference in the properties discussed above. Small differences in the details of the unit cell produce dramatically different Of Lines and Dots A grid gate composed of gold (light areas) deposited upon GaAs.

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