Dan C. Cole, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Ph.D., City University of New York

phone: (617) 353-0432
email: dccole@bu.edu
office: 15 St. Mary’s Street, EMB 133


Research Interests

Electromechanical behavior of nanotechnology devices * Electrodynamic systems * Microlithography simulation models and methods * Advanced energy extraction mechanisms

Dr. Cole has worked in the area of simulating physical processes, particularly as concerns the development and manufacturing of nanotechnology devices, as well as the prediction of electron transport phenomena within the semiconductor devices. A key aim here is to use the appropriate blend of accuracy in the fundamental physics versus more phenomenological physical descriptions, in conjunction with advanced numerical algorithmic schemes, to create simulation programs that can accurately predict the processes and device behavior with reasonable execution times. By creating such programs with fast execution times and good numerical robustness properties, and by ensuring that adequate calibration procedures are followed, then the speed of semiconductor technology development can be significantly improved, costly experiments can be reduced, and better design points can be achieved.

Dr. Cole’s research work has entailed thermodynamic analyses of operations performed on electrodynamic systems consisting of classical charged particles interacting with classical electromagnetic radiation, including zero-point radiation, and the predicted thermal-like effects of accelerating simple electromagnetic systems through the vacuum.

Current research activities include improvements in microlithography simulation models and methods, and thermodynamic considerations of advanced energy extraction mechanisms.

Selected Publications
  • D. C. Cole and Y. Zou, “Subharmonic resonance behavior for the classical hydrogen atomic system,” Journal of Scientific Computing, Vol. 39 (1), pp. 1-27, April 2009.
  • D. C. Cole and Y. Zou, “Analysis of Orbital Decay Time for the Classical Hydrogen Atom Interacting with Circularly Polarized Electromagnetic Radiation,” Physical Review E 69 (1), 016601, pp. 1-12, 2004.
  • D. C. Cole and Y. Zou, “Perturbation Analysis and Simulation Study of the Effects of Phase on the Classical Hydrogen Atom Interacting with Circularly Polarized Electromagnetic Radiation,” Journal of Scientific Computing 21 (2), pp. 145-172, 2004.
  • D. C. Cole and Y. Zou, “Quantum Mechanical Ground State of Hydrogen Obtained from Classical Electrodynamics,” Physics Letters A, Vol. 317, No. 1-2, pp. 14-20, 13 October 2003.
  • D. C. Cole, “Entropy Concepts in Classical Electrodynamics,” in book entitled, Quantum Limits to the Second Law: First International Conference on Quantum Limits to the Second Law, San Diego, California 2002, edited by D. P. Sheehan, AIP 643, pp. 187-194, 2002.
  • Daniel C. Cole, Eytan Barouch, Edward W. Conrad, Michael Yeung, “Using Advanced Simulation to Aid Microlithography Development,” IEEE Proceedings, Vol. 89 (8), pp. 1194-1213, 2001.
  • D. C. Cole, “Thermodynamics of Blackbody Radiation via Classical Physics for Arbitrarily Shaped Cavities with Perfectly Conducting Walls,” Found. Phys. 30 (11), pp. 1849-1867, 2000.
  • D. C. Cole, “Connections between Thermodynamics, Statistical mechanics, Quantum mechanics, and Special Astrophysical Processes,” in Gravitation and Cosmology: From the Hubble Radius to the Planck Scale, edited by R. L. Amoroso, G. Hunter, M. Kafatos, and J.-P. Vigier, Kluwer, Dordrecht, pp. 111-124, 2002.
  • D. C. Cole, “Reviewing and Extending Some Recent Work on Stochastic Electrodynamics,” in Essays on Formal Aspects of Electromagnetic Theory, ed. by A. Lakhtakia, World Scientific, Singapore, pp. 501-532, 1993.
  • Daniel C. Cole, Reinvestigation of the Thermodynamics of Blackbody Radiation via Classical Physics, Physical Review A, Vol. 45 (12), pp. 8470-8489, 1992.
  • Daniel C. Cole, “Derivation of the Classical Electromagnetic Zero-Point Radiation Spectrum via a Classical Thermodynamic Operation Involving van der Waals Forces,” Physical Review A, Vol. 45 (4), pp. 1847-1862, 1990.
  • Daniel C. Cole, “Entropy and other Thermodynamic Properties of Classical Electromagnetic Thermal Radiation,” Physical Review A, Vol. 42 (12), pp. 7006-7024, 1990.
  • D.C. Cole, E.M. Buturla, S.S. Furkay, K. Varahramyan, J. Slinkman, J.A. Mandelman, D.P. Foty, O. Bula, A.W. Strong, J.W. Park, T.D. Linton Jr., J.B. Johnson, M.V. Fischettis, S.E. Laux, P.E. Cottrell, H.G. Lustig, F. Pileggi, and D. Katcoff, “The Use of Simulation in Semiconductor Technology Development,” Solid-State Elec. 33, pp. 591-623, 1990.