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 1000 scientific publications so far (2016).


Simulation software for nanoscience

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Application areas

Complex interface studies with QuantumATK

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 QuantumATK from Synopsys Denmark to model such structures.


Graphene studies with QuantumATK

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 Synopsys Denmark software extensively to investigate this material and develop future devices based on various types of graphene structures.


Nanotube studies in QuantumATK

Carbon nanotubes are, next to molecular electronics, the most common application area for the Synopsys Denmark 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.


Isotope impurity effect on a single-wall carbon nanotube 2015

In this tutorial, you will build a singewalled carbon nanotube, and study the effects of having a ring of 14C atoms in the nanotube. Specifically, the phonon and electron transmission spectra, the thermal conductance, and the ZT product will be calculated.


Spintronics and MRAM in QuantumATK

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 QuantumATK for different stages in the analysis of new materials for MRAM structures. QuantumATK 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.