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ELEC6207 Quantum Devices and Technology

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of advancement of quantum devices and technology in line with the development of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Students will gain knowledge of basic quantum mechanics and how the quantum mechanics are playing a key role in the state-of-the-art nanoelectronics. Then they will become also familiar with quantum information processing including quantum computing and quantum communication technologies.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Device scaling and quantum effects on nanodevices
  • The underlying operating principles of state-of-the-art nanodevices for logic and quantum device applications
  • The practical characterisation of MOS devices
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write a short essay for a given subject
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the inter-relation between different technologies in the design of integrated devices


Quantum mechanics for device and technology - Schrodinger Equation - Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle - Quantisation and Spin - Particle-Wave Duality - Entanglement Low-dimensional electronic materials and devices - Silicon nanowire devices - Carbon nanotube devices - Graphene and novel 2D materials devices Advanced transistor devices using quantum effects - Tunnelling FET - Single Electron Transistors - NEMS and Atomic switches Quantum Information Processing - Q-bits: Charge bits and Spin bits - Quantum Computing Devices - Quantum Communication Devices Laboratory activities - Electrical characterisation of nanoscale MOS devices

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice15
Follow-up work15
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Completion of assessment task50
Practical classes and workshops10
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

ITRS – International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. 

Edt R. Waser (2005). Nanoelectronics and Information Technology. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 20%
Examination  (2 hours) 50%
Laboratory Report 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: ELEC3207 or ELEC6259

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