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Compact and Accurate Models of Large Single-Wall Carbon-Nanotube Interconnects

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5 Author(s)
Francesco Ferranti ; Department of Information Technology (INTEC), Ghent University—IBBT, B-9050 Ghent, Belgium ; Giulio Antonini ; Tom Dhaene ; Luc Knockaert
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Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been proposed for very large scale integration interconnect applications and their modeling is carried out using the multiconductor transmission line (MTL) formulation. Their time-domain analysis has some simulation issues related to the high number of SWCNTs within each bundle, which results in a highly complex model and loss of accuracy in the case of long interconnects. In recent years, several techniques have been proposed to reduce the complexity of the model whose accuracy decreases as the interconnection length increases. This paper presents a rigorous new technique to generate accurate reduced-order models of large SWCNT interconnects. The frequency response of the MTL is computed by using the spectral form of the dyadic Green's function of the 1-D propagation problem and the model complexity is reduced using rational-model identification techniques. The proposed approach is validated by numerical results involving hundreds of SWCNTs, which confirm its capability of reducing the complexity of the model, while preserving accuracy over a wide frequency range.

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IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 4 )