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Connection One Research Site


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

A National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Research Site since 2004

Research Site Mission and Rationale

The research focus of the RPI NSF I/UCRC research site is basic and applied interdisciplinary research in secure optical and electrical data transport switching, processing. materials, devices, systems, and information technology. The research site will address basic research issues that enable the massive scaling required by these systems in optical and electrical data transport, switching, and processing. The research at RPI will also address terahertz device design and characterization for VLSI testing and for wireless interconnects. This research will be based on using plasma waves in semiconductors to carry information rather than relying on the electron drift, since the velocity of plasma waves is 10 to 20 times higher than the maximum electron drift velocity


Research Program

Ÿ         RF & Advanced modeling of deep submicron devices

Ÿ         Si and SiGe THz testing and devices

Ÿ         Wide bandgap materials and devices for communications and interconnects

Ÿ         Materials, Processes, and Integration Schemes for III-V Compound Semiconductors on Si

Ÿ         Terahertz devices and systems for interconnect, communications, and computation;

Ÿ         Terahertz Optical Characterization of Link Dynamics

Ÿ         Thermal factors, self heating, and power dissipation

Ÿ         Link and photonic device modeling, simulation, and CAD tool development

Ÿ         Device-circuit interactions and related interconnect issues

Ÿ         Device and system characterization and testing

Ÿ         Thin Film Transistors



Participating Faculty:

Ÿ         P. M. Ajayan   (Nanotechnology for interconnects)

Ÿ         T. Borca (Thermal management of high speed data links)

Ÿ         Partha Dutta (“Last mile” data transport)

Ÿ         Shiv Kalyanaraman (Pervasive computing and computer security)

Ÿ         John McDonald (High Speed Circuit Design)

Ÿ         Peter Persans (Optical waveguides)

Ÿ         Michael Shur (THz, wide band gap devices, TFT, and CAD)

Ÿ         Morris Washington (Device fabrication)

Ÿ         X. C. Zhang (Terahertz technology)


Research Site Director:

Michael Shur, Dr. Sc., Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor

ECSE and Physics, CII 9017, RPI, 110 8th street, Troy, NY 12180, USA

(518) 276 2201;(518) 276 2990 (fax) or

(518) 276 6724 (secretary)


Center Evaluator:

Dr. Craig Scott
(206) 221-3368


Last Update: 1-Oct-04


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