SS 2017


Quantum Transport in Nanosystems

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Prof. M. Thoss

Time and Location

Tuesday 14:15 - 16:00 in lecture hall HF
no lecture on 2nd May, this lecture takes place on 26th April instead of the exercise class


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WF Ph-MA ab 1
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Modern techniques allow the fabrication of structures and devices in the range of nanometers, such as semiconductor quantum dots, atomic wires or single-molecule contacts. In these systems, the mean free path of electrons is often significantly smaller than the dimension of the structure. As a result, charge and heat transport properties differ significantly from that of macroscopic systems. Quantum mechanical tunneling processes and interference effects influence the transport properties and phenomena such as ballistic transport, conductance quantization or Coulomb blockade are observed.
This lecture course introduces theoretical concepts and methods used to describe quantum transport in nanosystems. After an introduction into the topic and a brief recapitulation of macroscopic transport theories, we first discuss Landauer theory, which describes transport as a scattering problem. Then advanced methods for transport in interacting systems will be discussed. The theoretical methods are applied to analyze physical mechanisms and transport phenomena in nanostructures.

Literature (Selection)

M. Di Ventra, Electrical Transport in Nanoscale Systems
S. Datta, Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Systems
S. Datta, Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor
D. Ferry, S. M. Goodnick, Transport in Nanostructures
Y.V. Nazarov, Y.M. Blanter, Quantum Transport
H. Haug, A.-P. Jauho, Quantum Kinetics in Transport and Optics of Semiconductors
J.C. Cuevas, E. Scheer, Molecular Electronics: An Introduction to Theory and Experiment

Exercises (Tutorial)

Time and Location

Wednesday, 14:00 - 16:00 in SR 01.683

Teaching assistant

Christian Schinabeck


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