Multiscale Problems in Semiconductor Processing

Monday, June 5, 2000 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Keller 3-180
Avner Friedman (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
In the processing of semiconductors one encounters the problem of disparity of scales; the controling tools are on the order of several centimeters, while the physical parameters of the transistors on the wafer vary on the submicron scale. This situation makes standard numerical schemes, such as finite differences, infeasible. One possible approach is by homogenization. The talk will describe joint work with Bei Hu on how the problem is homogenized; we shall describe results concerning the free boundary problem of the growing semiconductor film, and how to control the microscale features by the (macroscopic) control functions.