Theme 2 – Physical Processes & Devices

Lead: Prof Roger Lake (UCR)

Computation and sensing must have a material and physical implementation. The materials and physical processes ultimately limit the computational performance or detection sensitivity. Theme 2 will experimentally and theoretically explore the relationship of the materials and physical processes to the device or sensor performance, seek to identify the fundamental limits, and look for solutions beyond these limits for the materials and processes in terms of physical size (scalability), stability, speed, power, and energy (Theme 3-5). Processes and materials of current interest for pushing the limits of computation and sensing include cold-carrier injection, material phase change, and surface energy dissipation as well as for studying the limits when approaching to the atomic and molecular level.

The Principal Investigators contributing to this theme include (click to view bio):