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Making a PROPHET

Conor Rafferty1, R. Kent Smith

Bell laboratories, Lucent technologies, Room 1E-338, 600 Mountain Ave., Murray Hill, NJ 07974

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2000, 1(1), 151-160.


The PROPHET simulator is a software system for solving partial differential equations (PDEs) in time and 1,2 or 3 space dimensions. When equipped with appropriate modules, it can be configured as a process simulator or a device simulator, with application to modeling semiconductor fabrication processes and transistor behavior. The simulator is designed with three main goals: efficiency, geometric flexibility, equation extensibility. The first two distinguish it from canned packages such as Mathematica, which do not easily allow the use of arbitrary shapes or grids and are not tuned to solve systems with 105 or 106 unknowns. The third distinguishes it from previous application-specific simulators for semiconductor problems, such as PISCES or SUPREM-4. The simulator has been used in production for several years to predict semiconductor manufacturing processes.

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Rafferty, C., Smith, R.K. (2000). Making a PROPHET. Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 1(1), 151-160.
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Rafferty C, Smith RK. Making a PROPHET. Comput Model Eng Sci. 2000;1(1):151-160
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C. Rafferty and R.K. Smith, "Making a PROPHET," Comput. Model. Eng. Sci., vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 151-160. 2000.

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