Today's electronics have reached a point where sheer computation power has yielded to combined form and function as the key driver of large consumer markets. The demand for portable and pervasive electronics with greater functionality promises significant changes over the next decades in how society interacts with each other and its surroundings. Such rapid and significant change requires continued improvements in traditional high performance low power electronics for informatics as well as entirely new device technologies based emerging electronic materials and novel integration methods to provide the specific functionality in the compliant form factor demanded. Examples of these new electronic materials and devices include: atomic, molecular, organic, atomic layer 2-D semiconductors, III-V, and metal oxide based transistors, optoelectronics, and sensors. As new concepts are being developed and demonstrated, a close coupling of technology and metrology development is also needed to continue to solidify our understanding and ensure a smooth transition to commercialization.
- We advance measurement science that precisely determines band alignment/offset at buried heterojunction interfaces and governs device operation in advanced ultra-low power high performance transistors.
- We develop novel methods and test structures to characterize the electromagnetic response of emerging atomic layer 2-D electronic materials over a broad spectral range for the design of advanced electronic/optoelectronic devices and which are critical to the stringent demands of process control in eventual manufacturing environments
- We create, combine, and correlate transient electronic and optoelectronic measurements for thin film electronic materials and devices to characterize their fundamental electronic processes and properties and provide the scientific foundation for innovation and diversity of new functional electronics