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The instructional program in CeNSE – in formal courses for degree curricula – is designed to be strongly interdisciplinary, as befits the nano domain, reflecting the nature of the research work undertaken by the faculty. The courses emphasize hands-on training: in the laboratory by designing, fabricating, and studying devices, and in the classroom through regular and demanding assignments. Learning to communicate on the stage and on paper is an integral part of the CeNSE experience, as through a mandatory course in technical writing. A unique aspect of CeNSE, providing the opportunity to all in the CeNSE community to learn and be up to date in a fast moving domain, is the series of lectures and short courses offered frequently by distinguished visiting faculty and researchers.

January - April
NE 200 January - April Technical Writing and Presentation

This course is designed to help students learn to write their manuscripts,technical reports, and dissertations in a competent manner. The do's and dont's of the English language will be dealt with as a part of the course. Assignments will include writing on topics to a student's research interest, so that the course may benefit each students directly.

Instructor: S.A. Shivashankar

NE 201 January - April Micro and Nano Characterization Methods

This course provides training in the use of various device and material characterization techniques. Optical characterization: optical microscopy, thin film measurement, ellipsometry and Raman spectroscopy; Electrical characterization: Noise in electrical measurements, Resistivity with 2- probe, 4-probe and van der Pauw technique, Hall mobility, DC I-V and High frequency C-V characterization; Mechanical characterization: Laser Doppler vibrometry, Scanning acoustic microscopy, Optical profilometry, and Micro UTM; Material characterization: Scanning electron microscopy, Atomic force microscopy, XRD, and Focused ion beam machining.

Instructors: Akshay Naik and Manoj Varma

NE 202 January - April Micro and Nano Fabrication

This course is designed to give training in device processing at the cleanroom facility. Four specific modules will be covered to realize four different devices i) p-n junction diode, ii) MOS capacitor iii) MEMS Cantilever iv) Microfluidic channel.

Instructors : Shankar Kumar Selvaraja and Sushobhan Avasthi

NE 211 January - April Micro/Nano Mechanics

This is a foundation level course in mechanics which will prepare students to pursue advanced studies related to mechanical phenomena at the micro and nano scales. Basics of continuum theory, continuum hypothesis, elasticity, thermoelasticity, fluid mechanics, heat conduction, electromagnetism, coupled thermal-elastic and electrostatic-elastic systems, MEMS and NEMS structures -- beams, plates, and membranes, scaling of mechanical properties and continuum limits, numerical methods for mechanical modelling, mechanics beyond continuum theory.

Instructors: Rudra Pratap, Akshay Naik and Prosenjit Sen

NE 221 January - April Advanced MEMS Packaging

This course intends to prepare students to pursue advanced topics in more specialized areas of MEMS and Electronic packaging for various real time applications such as Aero space, Bio-medical, Automotive, commercial, RF and micro fluidics etc. MEMS – An Overview, Miniaturisation, MEMS and Microelectronics -3 levels of Packaging. Critical Issues viz., Interface, Testing & evaluation. Packaging Technologies like Wafer dicing, Bonding and Sealing. Design aspects and Process Flow, Materials for Packaging, Top down System Approach. Different types of Sealing Technologies like brazing, Electron Beam welding and Laser welding. Vacuum Packaging with Moisture Control. 3D Packaging examples. Bio Chips / Lab-on-a chip and micro fluidics, Various RF Packaging, Optical Packaging, Packaging for Aerospace applications. Advanced and Special Packaging techniques – Monolithic, Hybrid etc., Transduction and Special packaging requirements for Absolute, Gauge and differential Pressure measurements,Temperature measurements, Accelerometer and Gyro packaging techniques, Environmental Protection and safety aspects in MEMS Packaging. Reliability Analysis and FMECA. Media Compatibility Case Studies, Challenges/Opportunities/Research frontier.

Instructors:  Prosenjit Sen and M.M. Nayak

NE 310 January - April Photonics technology: Materials and Devices

Optics fundamentals; ray optics, electromagnetic optics and guided wave optics, Light-matter interaction, optical materials; phases, bands and bonds, waveguides, wavelength selective filters, electrons and photons in semiconductors, photons in dielectric, Light-emitting diodes, optical amplifiers and Lasers, non-linear optics, Modulators, Film growth and deposition, defects and strain, III-V semiconductor device technology and processing, silicon photonics technology, photonic integrated circuit in telecommunication and sensors.

Instructor:  Shankar Kumar Selvaraja

NE 313 January - April Lasers: Principles and Systems

This is an intermediate level optics course which builds on the background provided in “Introduction to photonics” offered in our department. Owing to the extensive use of lasers in various fields, we believe a good understanding of these principles is essential for students in all science and engineering disciplines.

Instructor: V R Supradeepa

NE 327 January - April Nanoelectronics Device Technology

The course is intended to review basic semiconductor device physics and provide a broad survey of modern device technology, in addition to an introduction to nanomaterials and their special features. Overview of Nanoelectronics devices and materials requirement, Review of basic device physics, MOS capacitor as a building block of FET, High-k dielectrics, CMOS scaling, Non idealities in MOS structure, metal gate electrodes and work function engineering, Nano MOSFET performance metrics, non-classical transistor structure; Transport in Nano MOSFET, ballistic transport, Silicon On Insulator (SOI), Multigate FET, metal-semiconductor source/drain junctions, Germanium Nano MOSFETs, Effect of strain and quantization on transistor performance, Compound semiconductor MESFETs and MOSFETs, Heterostructure MOSFETs, Electrical characterization: HFCV and LFCV, I-V and reliability measurements, Parameter extraction; Introduction to Nanomaterials (with elements of quantum mechanics).
 

Instructors: Navakanta Bhat and K.N.Bhat and S A Shivashankar

NE 332 January - April Physics and Mathematics of Molecular Sensing

This course presents a systematic view of the process of sensing molecules with emphasis on bio-sensing using solid state sensors. Molecules that need to be sensed, relevant molecular biology, current technologies for molecular sensing, modeling adsorption-desorption processes, transport of target molecules, noise in molecular recognition, proof-reading schemes, multi-channel sensing, comparison between in-vivo sensing circuits and solid state biosensors.

Instructor: Manoj Varma

August - December
NE 101 August - December Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Societal Impact

This course is intended to give an exposure to issues involved in translating the technologies from lab to the field. Various steps and issues involved in productization and business development will be clarified, drawing from experiences of successful entrepreneurs in high technology areas. The intricate relationship between technology, society and ethics will also be addressed with illustrations from people involved in working with the grass root levels of the society.

Instructor: Navakanta Bhat

NE 201 August - December Micro and Nano Characterization Methods

This course provides training in the use of various device and material characterization techniques. Optical characterization: optical microscopy, thin film measurement, ellipsometry and Raman spectroscopy; Electrical characterization: Noise in electrical measurements, Resistivity with 2- probe, 4-probe and van der Pauw technique, Hall mobility, DC I-V and High frequency C-V characterization; Mechanical characterization: Laser Doppler vibrometry, Scanning acoustic microscopy, Optical profilometry, and Micro UTM; Material characterization: Scanning electron microscopy, Atomic force microscopy, XRD, and Focused ion beam machining.

Instructors:  Akshay Naik and Manoj Varma.

NE 202 August - December Micro and Nano Fabrication

This course is designed to give training in device processing at the cleanroom facility. Four specific modules will be covered to realize four different devices :

  1. p-n junction diode
  2.  MOS capacitor
  3. MEMS Cantilever
  4. Microfluidic channel.

Instructors: Shankar Kumar Selvaraja and Sushobhan Avasthi

NE 203 August - December Advanced micro- and nanofabrication technology and process

Introduction and overview of micro and nano fabrication technology. Safety and contamination issues in a cleanroom. Overview of cleanroom hazards. Basic process flow structuring. Wafer type selection and cleaning methods. Additive fabrication processes. Material deposition methods. Overview of physical vapour deposition methods (thermal, e-beam, molecular beam evaporation) and chemical vapour deposition methods (PE-CVD, MOCVD, CBE, ALD). Pulsed laser deposition (PLD), pulsed electron deposition (PED). Doping: diffusion and ion implant techniques. Optical lithography fundamentals, contact lithography, stepper/canner lithography, holographic lithography, direct-laser writing. Lithography enhancement methods and lithography modelling. Non-optical lithography; E-beam lithography, ion beam patterning, bottom-up patterning techniques. Etching process: dry and wet. Wet etch fundamentals, isotropic, directional and anisotropic processes. Dry etching process fundamentals, plasma assisted etch process, Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE), Through Silicon Vias (TSV). Isotropic release etch. Chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP), lapping and polishing. Packaging and assembly, protective encapsulating materials and their deposition. Wafer dicing, scribing and cleaving. Mechanical scribing and laser scribing, Wafer bonding, die-bonding. Wire bonding, die-bonding. Chip-mounting techniques.

Instructors: Shankar Kumar Selvaraja and Sushobhan Avasthi

NE 205 August - December Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuit Technology

This is a foundation level course in the area of electronic device technology. Band structure and carrier statistics, Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductor, Carrier transport, p-n junction, Metal-semiconductor junction, Bipolar Junction Transistor, Heterojunction, MOS capacitor, Capacitance-Voltage characteristics, MOSFET, JEFET, Current-Voltage characteristics, Light Emitting Diode, Photodiode, Photovoltaics, Charge Coupled Device Integrated circuit processing, Oxidation, Ion implantation, Annealing, Diffusion, Wet etching and dry plasma etching, Physical vapour deposition, Chemical vapour deposition, Atomic layer deposition, Photolithography, Electron beam lithography, Chemical mechanical polishing, Electroplating, CMOS process integration, Moore’s law, CMOS technology scaling, Short channel effects, Introduction to Technology CAD, Device and Process simulation and modeling.

Instructor: Digbijoy N. Nath

NE 213 August - December Introduction to Photonics

This is a foundation level optics course which intends to prepare students to pursue advanced topics in more specialized areas of optics such as biophotonics, nanophotonics, non-linear optics etc. Classical and quantum descriptions of light, diffraction, interference, polarization. Fourier optics, holography, imaging, anisotropic materials, optical modulation, waveguides and fiber optics, coherence and lasers, plasmonics.

Instructors: Manoj Varma and Ambarish Ghosh

NE 215 August - December Applied Solid State Physics

This course is intended to build a basic understanding of solid state science, on which much of modern device technology is built, and therefore includes elementary quantum mechanics. Review of Quantum Mechanics and solid state physics, Solution of Schrodinger equation for band structure, crystal potentials leading to crystal structure, reciprocal lattice, structure-property correlation, Crystal structures and defects, X-ray diffraction, lattice dynamics, Quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, thermal properties, electrons in metals, semiconductors and insulators, magnetic properties, dielectric properties, confinement effects.

Instructors: Akshay Naik and S A Shiva Shankar

NE 222 August - December MEMS: Modeling, Design, and Implementation

This course discusses all aspects of MEMS technology – from modeling, design, fabrication, process integration, and final implementation. Modeling and design will cover blockset models of MEMS transducers, generally implemented in SIMULINK or MATLAB. Detailed multiphysics modeling may require COMSOL simulations. The course also covers MEMS specific micromachining concepts such as bulk micromachining, surface micromachining and related technologies, micromachining for high aspect ratio microstructures,glass and polymer micromachining, and wafer bonding technologies. Specific case studies covered include Pressure Sensors, Microphone, Accelerometers, Comb-drives for electrostatic actuation and sensing, and RF MEMS. Integration of micromachined mechanical devices with microelectronics circuits for complete implementation is also dicussed.

Instructors: Rudra Pratap and K.N. Bhat

NE 231 August - December Microfluidics

This is a foundation course discussing various phenomena related to fluids and fluid-interfaces at micro-nano scale. This is a pre-requisite for advanced courses and research work related to micro-nano fluidics.Transport in fluids, equations of change, flow at micro-scale, hydraulic circuit analysis, passive scalar transport, potential fluid flow, stokes flow Electrostatics and electrodynamics, electroosmosis,electrical double layer (EDL), zeta potential, species and charge transport, particle electrophoresis,AC electrokinetics Surface tension, hysteresis and elasticity of triple line, wetting and long range forces, hydrodynamics of interfaces, surfactants, special interfaces Suspensions, rheology,nanofluidics, thick-EDL systems, DNA transport and analysis.

Instructor: Prosenjit Sen

NE 241 August - December Material Synthesis: Quantum Dots To Bulk Crystals

All device fabrication is preceded by material synthesis which in turn determines material microstructure, properties and device performance. The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the principles that help control growth. Crystallography ; Surfaces and Interfaces; Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Mechanisms of Nucleation and Growth of Crystals ; Applications to growth from solutions, melts and vapors (Chemical vapor deposition an Physical vapor deposition methods); Stress effects in film growth.

Instructor: Srinivasan Raghavan

NE 312 August - December Nonlinear and Ultrafast Photonics

This is an intermediate level optics course which builds on the background provided in “Introduction to photonics” offered in our department. Owing to the extensive use of nonlinear optical phenomena and Ultrafast lasers in various fields, we believe a good understanding of these principles is essential for students in all science and engineering disciplines, in particular students involved in the area of Photonics, RF and Microwave systems, Optical Instrumentation and Lightwave (Fiber-optic) Communications. In addition, this course intends to prepare students to pursue advanced topics in more specialized areas of optics such as Biomedical Imaging, Quantum optics, Intense field phenomena etc.

Instructor: V. R. Supradeepa