QuantumWise and DTU Collaborate to Model Electron-Phonon Coupling in Nanoelectronic Devices

The Danish company QuantumWise and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will engage in a project that makes it possible to simulate large-scale nano-electronic devices, where electron-phonon coupling is taken into account. The result will be an extension of the capabilities of the software package Atomistix ToolKit (ATK).

The project, entitled “Nano-Scale Design Tools for the Semiconductor Industry”, focuses on developing new tools for simulating the electrical and thermal properties of nano-electronic devices. The aim is to extend ATK to routinely simulate electrical characteristics and thermal heating of novel nano-scale devices containing more than 100,000 atoms.

The calculations will be based on an atomic-scale description and include electron-phonon couplings. To drastically increase the computational capacity of the algorithms in ATK, the software will be extended and modified to achieve high parallel scalability.

Funding for the project comes from the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation (Højteknologifonden), as announced today (30 May 2013). The total budget is 18 million Danish Kroner, or more than 3 million USD, and the collaboration partners are QuantumWise (coordinator) and the two institutes DTU Compute and DTU Nanotech at the Technical University of Denmark.

One of the core project collaborators, Mads Brandbyge from DTU Nanotech has just received the Danish price ”Elektronprisen” for his pioneering work on the development of new methods for calculating heat transfer in nanochips. In the project, these new methods will be improved and added to ATK.

Computer simulation of the electrostatic potential in a nanoscale transistor, performed with ATK.

The project will start in September 2013 and will run over 3 years. The first new modules are planned for release in spring 2014.

About QuantumWise

QuantumWise A/S is a privately held Danish company founded in 2008 and located in Copenhagen. Employing some of the world’s leading experts on quantum-mechanical modeling, the company is developing state-of-the-art software for simulations of electrical and structural properties of nano-scale materials and devices. The company sells its products on all continents via a widespread distributor network, and counts among its customers several leading-edge electronics companies, universities and government laboratories.

About DTU

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society. 

Today, DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increase and develop  partnerships with industry, and  assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.

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