New blend of materials in nanowires results in better transistors
The semiconductor industry is driven forward by improvements in digital processors, of which the transistor has been the fundamental component. Recently, the field has been broadened to include components that are specially designed for efficiency...
Why are you doing a PhD ? and why Lund?¬?I looked for local opportunities in Lund and started to study engineering physics. Over the years, I got increasingly motivated by the subject and being offered a doctoral studentship felt like proof that I had actually performed well. When I met Lars-Erik [Wernersson] and heard about how successful his former students were, it became even more obvious that I should pursue a doctoral degree. The mixture of lab work and theoretical study was also an attraction.?
Competing against giantsAdam explains that it is becoming increasingly expensive to develop and produce electronic components such as transistors on the nano scale. This in turn has entailed the consolidation of a large part of commercial production to a few stakeholders operating on a global level. ?So there are only a few producers in the world, such as Samsung, Intel, GlobalFoundries, that produce pretty much all components. And in that context, I am proud that we, in Lund, can compete against these giants and actually beat them when it comes to certain performance indicators.?
What will happen to your research findings??I like to say that research is successful if its findings are used. I have tried to write my doctoral thesis in such a way as to inspire other doctoral students in similar subjects to continue the work in the same spirit. When it comes to commercialisation, the hurdle is a little higher. But it is possible that the technology could end up in processors or high frequency amplifiers within ten years or so. For memory circuits, a lot of commercialisation is already underway in the form of Static Random-Access-Memory (SRAM).?
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