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Chapter 1. An introduction to radio frequency nanoelectronics



Thomas M. Wallis, Pavel Kabos


The field of radio frequency (RF) nanoelectronics focuses on the fundamental study and engineering of devices that are enabled by nanotechnology and operate within a frequency range from about 100 MHz to about 100 GHz. This range includes frequencies traditionally identified as “radio frequencies,” as well as microwaves and, at the high end of the frequency range, millimeter-waves. This emerging field sits at the intersection of two commercially vital trends in technology. The first trend is the ongoing shrinking of electronics to smaller length scales. Though this trend was initiated by the semiconductor and storage industries’ pursuit of Moore’s Law, the discoveries that followed have influenced a wide range of disciplines in addition to electronics, such as biological sensing, nanoelectromechanical systems, and low-dimensional materials science. The second overarching trend is the ever increasing presence of devices that operate at radio frequencies, which has arisen in conjunction with the explosion of wireless connectivity. For the foreseeable future, communications technology will rely heavily on microwave and millimeter-wave transmission and in turn, devices that transmit, receive, and process signals at corresponding frequencies. In addition, current and foreseeable operating frequencies of integrated semiconductor electronics lie in the microwave frequency range. The ultimate goal of RF nanoelectronics is to leverage the new materials and new phenomena that have been revealed by scaling down to the nanoscale world in order to investigate new RF devices that will be of interest both for fundamental study and eventual commercial application.
Measurement Techniques for Radio Frequency Nanoelectronics
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Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, -1


Wallis, T. and Kabos, P. (2017), Chapter 1. An introduction to radio frequency nanoelectronics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, -1, [online], (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created September 15, 2017, Updated April 25, 2018