December 19, 2015
NTFL Ph.D. candidate, Erich Radauscher, recently attended the 61st annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in Washington D.C., where he gave a talk on recent work titled "Eliminating Proximity Effects and Improving Transmission in Field Emission Vacuum Microelectronic Devices for Integrated Circuits."
This work evaluates critical performance limiting characteristics (specifically: crosstalk and transmission efficiency) in integrated field emission vacuum microelectronic devices (FE-VMDs). Experimental evidence was used to show proximity effects could not be neglected; while simulations were used to understand the root cause, design structural solutions, and improve overall device performance. New design features were proposed and characterized for improved integration.