I also thank Prof. Erich Gornik who agreed to participate in the examining committee.
Next, I would like to thank Prof. Philip Philippov from TU Sofia for teaching
me the basics of microelectronics and microelectronics technology. The work on
my master's thesis on SiGe HBTs served as a good basis for my future work. In
addition, Prof. Philippov gave me the first advices and recommendations for
starting a doctoral study. I also thank Prof. Fritz Paschke and Prof. Wolfgang
Fallmann for inviting me to visit TU Wien on the behalf of the Austrian Academy
of Science and for supplying me with good recommendations.
I want to express my gratitude to Dr. Walter Kellner from Infineon Technologies
AG (former Siemens AG) for giving me the opportunity to join his group as a
free researcher. Thanks to him the III-V simulation was continuously supported
by the corporate technology of Siemens over many years. The larger part of this
thesis would not be possible without such valuable technical, theoretical, and
financial support. I appreciate the opportunity to work in Münich in a
``brain-storming'' fashion. During my several stays there I enjoyed discussions
with Dr. Rüdiger Schultheis, Dr. Jan-Erik Müller, and Andrea Bonacina, in
which many useful ideas both on the simulation and the technology side were
born. It is a memorable feeling to see the work effort paid by the practical
application of its results. I also enjoyed nice evenings out with my former
colleague Dr. Rudolf Strasser who is now with Infineon.
I would also like to thank Dr. Sheldon Aronowitz from LSI Logic Corporation,
Milpitas, California for inviting me to spend a summer-internship in his
group. I enjoyed excellent working climate and many fruitful discussions,
especially with him, Dr. Helmut Puchner, and Dr. Nadya Belova. My stay was so nice
that I included the possibility to work there in my future plans. I have to
mention nice time out and discussions with my former colleague Dr. Claus Fischer,
who is one of the creators of MINIMOS-NT and was with Intel at that time.
I am very grateful to all my colleagues at the Institute of Microelectronics.
The atmosphere has always been a perfect source of motivation. It was great to
be welcomed and introduced to MINIMOS-NT by Dr. Thomas Simlinger, now with IBM,
and especially Dr. Martin Knaipp, now with AMS, with whom we still keep very
good, also professional relations. It was pleasure to share office with
Dr. Goran Kaiblinger who was the person ``infecting'' me to spend sometimes
eighty, sometimes more, hours a week in working. Unfortunately, this style
remained after he left. With his follower, Klaus Dragosits, we
shared not only nice discussions during work, but also nice time in Puerto Rico
and South Africa. I am very grateful to Prof. Hans Kosina who always took the
time to answer my questions thoroughly sometimes even to the very depths of
semiconductor physics. I would like to thank Dr. Tibor Grasser for his devotion
to MINIMOS-NT which made the simulator so flexible and extendible. His programming
expertise always served me as a good example when implementing a new code or
reorganizing an old one. I thank him and Prof. Kosina for proofreading this
thesis. My gratitude is also due to Christian Troger and Thomas Binder who made
my life easy in the Linux environment. I thank also all others who were always
willing to help, discuss some topic, or just go out for a beer.
I have to specially mention a long-standing co-worker and friend,
Rüdiger Quay. Together we proved that long distance cannot be an obstacle for
effective co-actions. He was always ready to enter discussions of new topics,
ideas, and results. For the several hundreds of mails we shared, the country we
were working in, or sometimes the continent, did not matter. This was also
proved in numerous common publications. I also enjoyed sharing few evenings out
with him in Vienna, Freiburg, London, and Seattle.
Last, I want to thank my parents, without whom I would never have been able to
achieve so much. I honor the memory of the three of my grandparents whom I lost
during my first two years at the institute. I cordially thank my son for not
forgetting me, even though he had so seldomly the opportunity to see me. I
especially wish to express my love for Dessi who only knows the real price of
this dissertation as we suffered and paid it together. I thank for her
endless love, patience, and understanding.