QuantumATK Projects

Improving the Efficiency of CdTe Based Solar-cell Devices

Meet our two interns, Ph.D. students Anthony Nicholson and Aanand Thiyagarajan, from Colorado State University, who are working on the next generation CdTe based solar cell devices for sustainable energy generation which is economically competitive with fossil fuel. CdTe based solar cell device technology is used by First Solar, Inc. and other manufacturers of solar cells. Their internships are funded by the National Science Foundation in the USA.

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QuantumATK Supported by NOMAD

The NOMAD Repository supports QuantumATK and its users. The NOMAD Repository offers uploading, downloading, sharing materials data, assigning DOIs, and more. Storage is guaranteed for at least 10 years.

SPICE – Spintronic-Photonic Integrated Circuit Platform for Novel Electronics


The objective of SPICE is to realize a novel integration platform that combines photonic, magnetic and electronic components. Its validity will be shown by a conceptually new spintronic-photonic memory chip demonstrator with three orders of magnitude faster write speed and two orders of magnitude lower energy consumption than state-of-the-art spintronic memory technologies. This enables, for example, future petabit-per-second processor-memory bandwidths, required a decade from now. Such a versatile memory will result in so-called Universal Memory: one technology for all memory applications ranging from cache to storage. The methods to achieve this are based on the recent discovery of magnetization reversal by short optical pulses. SPICE will bring this technique to the integrated circuit level by first implementing free magnetic layers that can be optically switched into a magnetic-tunnel-junction layerstack, with optically transparent top contacts. These layers will then be processed into spintronic memory elements that can be electrically read. A novel short-pulse switching architecture will be designed and implemented in a silicon photonic integrated circuit. This photonic switching layer will then be combined with the spintronic memory layer to achieve an optically switched 8-bit memory with write efficiency of 600 fJ per bit: the proof of concept of the technology.

For full project documentation, please visit http://spice-fetopen.eu/


COSMICS- Concepts & Tools in Molecular Spintronics


Molecular spintronics is an emergent field combining the flexibility of molecular electronics and molecular magnetism with the advantages of spintronics. Its main goal is the manipulation of the electron spin by a wise combination of ad-hoc molecules and inorganic substrate. Besides the rich magnetic behavior resulting from the interaction between a magnetic molecule and a metal surface, or vice versa, additional functions such as switchability by external parameters (light, voltage) can be integrated. This multi-disciplinary field offers a wide range of routes towards spin-based devices with potential technological applications in information storage and processing. However, due to the very large number of possible material combinations there is an urgent need for fundamental understanding, guiding concepts, and tools to scale up and systematize the search of new smart functional molecular designs. Our scientific target is to develop a modeling platform around molecular spintronics that will set up the basis for new spin-based nano-devices paradigms and materials with robust and enhanced properties that will fuel new ideas in the field of molecular spintronics.

The novelty of our project is to combine and develop the most up to date modeling tools with cutting-edge well-controlled and calibrated experimental methods in order to unravel the fundamental mechanisms governing the magneto-transport properties in molecular spintronic systems.

For full project documentation, please visit https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/211587_en.html

PhD-Project: Atomic-scale Modeling of Interfaces in Electronic Devices


Synopsys QuantumATK group is the industrial partner in an industrial PhD-project in collaboration with Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Over a period of three years, the PhD-student will work with supervisors both at Synopsys QuantumATK Group and at DTU to progress the field of interfaces in electronic devices through quantum simulations. The developed methods will be implemented in a commercial simulation tool developed in Denmark and used by key industrial players in the semiconductor industry. 

EMMC-CSA - European Materials Modeling Council

The aim of the EMMC-CSA is to establish current and forward-looking complementary activities necessary to bring the field of materials modeling closer to the demands of manufacturers (both small and large enterprises) in Europe. The ultimate goal is that materials modeling and simulation will become an integral part of product life cycle management in European industry, thereby making a strong contribution to enhance innovation and competitiveness on a global level.

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Interested in applying QuantumATK software to your research? Test our software or contact us at quantumatk@synopsys.com to get more information on QuantumATK platform for atomic-scale modeling.