Date of Award

Winter 2014

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Chen, Chunhong


Electrical engineering




The Single Electron (SE) technology is an important approach to enabling further feature size reduction and circuit performance improvement. However, new methods are required for device modeling, circuit behavior description, and reliability analysis with this technology due to its unique operation mechanism. In this thesis, a new macro-model of SE turnstile is developed to describe its physical characteristics for large-scale circuit simulation and design. Based on this model, several novel circuit architectures are proposed and implemented to further demonstrate the advantages of SE technique. The dynamic behavior of SE circuits, which is different from their CMOS counterpart, is also investigated using a statistical method. With the unreliable feature of SE devices in mind, a fast and recursive algorithm is developed to evaluate the reliability of SE logic circuits in a more efficient and effective manner.