Physics-Based Mathematical Models of Low-Dimensional Semiconductor Nanostructures: Analysis and Computation (07w5057)

Arriving Sunday, November 18 and departing Friday November 23, 2007


Lok Lew Yan Voon (Wright State University)
Roderick Melnik (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Morten Willatzen (University of Southern Denmark)


This workshop is devoted to physics-based mathematical models for the description of low-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures (LDSNs) that are becoming increasingly important in technological innovations. It is an area where fundamental questions of experimental techniques, physical insight, applied mathematics and design of computational methodologies are meeting together in a quest for an adequate description of nanostructures which have very promising properties for applications in optoelectronics, medicine, energy-saving and bio- technologies.

The workshop is aimed at bringing together researchers working on different aspects of the analysis, experiment and modeling of LDSNs. The problem of predicting accurately optoelectromechanical properties of LDSNs requires a concerted efforts of teams of researchers with close interactions between physicists (theoreticians and experimentalists), applied mathematicians and computational scientists. The main objective of the workshop is to bring together the leading experts in the field from each of these communities in order to

(a) Summarize most recent experimental achievements in the LDSN area with associated physical effects and phenomena that require better understanding,

(b) Summarize the state-of-the-art models and computational techniques for modeling LDSNs that can assist further progress in key areas of LDSN applications,

(c) Identify critical problems of major importance that require solution and prioritize them,

(d) Analyze feasibility of existing mathematical and computational methodologies for the solution of some such problems, and

(e) Use the workshop working sessions to explore promising approaches in addressing identified challenges.

At the beginning of the workshop, state-of-the-art overviews of the subject from perspectives of experimentalists, physics, applied mathematics and computational science communities will be given by key experts in their respective fields. Such overviews should help better refine the areas where joint efforts are needed in addressing key challenges in LDSNs, both theoretical and experimental, and where such efforts would be the most productive. During the week of working sessions in the stimulating environment of the Banff International Research Station, the participants of the workshop will be engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary projects, focusing on the identified key research priorities in the development of physics-based models for LDSNs, experimental areas, and LDSN applications. All participants will have time to present their current research on LDSNs and a specific time will be allocated for on-site demonstrations of software and explanations of experimental tools applied in the LDSN analysis. The BIRS has a report series for surveys of the status of the subjects of the workshops and, with help of the workshop participants, we will ensure a wide dissemination of the workshop outcomes. In addition, some of the talks will be video-taped by BIRS for dissemination through video-streaming on the Internet, and for archival purposes. Finally, in order to stimulate initial discussions, prior to the workshop a web-based LDSN Comptes Rendus will be set up, an electronic resource, in which the participants of the workshop will be encouraged to deposit their preprints, reprints and manuscripts on the topics of the workshop.