The history of semiconductor devices has been characterised by a constant drive towards lower dimensions in order to increase integration density, system functionality and performance. However, this is still far from being comparable with the performance of natural systems such as human brain. The challenges facing semiconductor technologies in the millennium will be to move towards miniaturisation. The influence of this trend on the quantum sensing of infrared radiation is one example that is elaborated here. A new generation of infrared detectors has been developed by growing layers of different semiconductors with nanometer thicknesses. The resulted bandgap engineered semiconductor has superior performance compared to the bulk material. To enhance this technology further, we plan to move from quantum wells to quantum wire and quantum dots.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2001|
- Quantum dots
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering