Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Winter Quarter Course EE 400 D: Device Design Capstone

SLN 13282 EE 400 D
TTh 2:30-4:20 p.m.

I am introducing a devices capstone, to be offered for the first time in Winter 2015 as EE 400 D. We have not previously had truly device-focused capstone due to the practical challenges involved with device fabrication.  In this course, we overcome this barrier by using the state-of-the-art Sentaurus TCAD (technology computer aided design) tool. This is the same software suite that top device companies use to design their technology. Small student groups will design and test devices based on the goals they establish at the beginning of the course. Sentaurus allows coupled simulation of optics, heat and carrier transport in 1, 2 and 3 dimensional device structures. Thus, possible devices that students might design include thin film solar cells, ultra-low power transistors, high sensitivity or high speed photodetectors, RF components, and high voltage power switching transistors. The course prerequisite is EE 482. More details to come soon. Feel free to send me questions at dunham.ee.washington.edu.

This will be an alternate capstone for the Sensors and Devices concentration.