Industrial researchers mainly in the electronics and semiconductor industry as well as chemical companies use Atomistix ToolKit in a wide variety of application areas.
Leading academic research groups also accelerate their research using ATK, and the software has been used in over 800 scientific publications so far (2014).
The search for new non-volatile memory technologies is a very intensive research area today. A promising candidate is magnetic RAM (MRAM). Several academic groups and electronics companies are using ATK for different stages in the analysis of new materials for MRAM structures. ATK is a very popular tool within the entire general area of spintronics, for studies of various novel applications and devices where the information is carried not by the electron charge, but by its spin.
The materials involved in novel semiconductor circuits are becoming more and more complex, which is not least evident in the latest generation of gate stacks involving high-k dielectrics. In addition to the pure material properties, the focus of research is now on modeling advanced junctions and interfaces between different materials. For this, a detailed description on the quantum-mechanical level is required, in order to calculate e.g. the leakage current or Schottky barrier. Moreover, since these interfaces are very thin, even on a nanoscale level, defects play a crucial role. Therefore, an atomistic description is needed to be able to predict how impurities, vacancies, etc influence the properties of the junction. Several academic researchers, including Prof. Nishi's group at Stanford, are using Atomistix ToolKit (ATK) from QuantumWise to model such structures.
ATK is an ideal tool for demonstrating the principles of atomic-scale modeling in general, and transport studies in particular. The students can become acquainted with a professional atomic-scale modeling tool, and can get to grips with some of the fundamental challenges in the work-flow:
Carbon nanotubes and graphene are ideal systems for demonstrating basic principles of both electronic structure and quantum transport. Their 1D and 2D structures provide foundations for discussions of k-point symmetries etc., and both electronic and transport characteristics can be compared to simple models. Both metallic and semiconducting behavior can be observed and discussed.
Use ATK and Virtual NanoLan to study the electronic properties of crystals and other periodic structures.
You can access the database of pre-built materials or build your own from scratch.
Calculate basic properties such as the band structure with a few simple clicks.
You can even compute and visualize Bloch functions!
Building simple - and advanced - molecules in Virtual NanoLab couldn't be easier!
Start by importing a simple structure from the internal database containing more than 500 structures or import the structure from file (many different file format are supperted).
With the Builder you can esily modify your structure adjust bond length and angles or by adding/removing atoms or entire functional groups.
With specific plugins, such as the Custom Passivator, you can perform many operation with just a few clicks.
One of the hottest and latest research trends in nanotechnology is studies of graphene for a multitude of applications within nanoelectronics and other related areas. Researchers around the world, both in academic and industrial R&D departments, are using QuantumWise software extensively to investigate this material and develop future devices based on various types of graphene structures..
Carbon nanotubes are, next to molecular electronics, the most common application area for the QuantumWise software. Both academic research and industrial R&D groups use the products extensively to investigate various aspects of nanotubes, ranging from basic properties to specific device applications like diodes, switches, and sensors.