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Lin Chen defended his PhD Thesis

posted Feb 16, 2016, 12:01 PM by Mohammed Zidan   [ updated Feb 16, 2016, 12:08 PM ]
Lin successfully defended his PhD thesis titled "Vertical Integration of Germanium Nanowires on Silicon Substrates for Nanoelectronics
". In his dissertation he focus on Vapor-Liquid-Solid (VLS) synthesized Germanium nanowires with nanoscale size, and investigates their potential as electronic devices. We discuss a strategy to grow vertical, taper-free Ge nanowires on Si with good flexibility and controllability. Specifically, he verifies the presence of high-quality, abrupt Ge/Si heterojunction as a result of vertical integration. In addition, several single-nanowire vertical devices based on this material system are demonstrated, including heterodiode, junctionless transistor and tunnel transistor. Experimental characterization of these devices are complemented by various device models and good agreement is reached.  

Thesis Abstract: In this dissertation, we Rapid development of semiconductor industry in recent years has been primarily driven by continuous scaling, which allows for manufacturing integrated circuits with higher computing power at a reduced cost. As the size of the transistors approaches tens of nanometers, we are now faced with new technological challenges brought by aggressive scaling. To this end, unconventional semiconductor material and novel device structure have attracted  a lot of interests as promising candidates to replace MOSFET with Si channel and help extend the Moore’s law.

Congratulations Dr. Chen!