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Introduction: Nanoelectronics and the meaning of resistance

By Supriyo Datta

Purdue University

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This lecture provides a brief overview of the five-day short course whose purpose is to introduce a unified viewpoint for a wide variety of nanoscale electronic devices of great interest for all kinds of applications including switching, energy conversion and sensing. Our objective, however, is not to discuss specific devices or applications. Rather it is to convey the conceptual framework underlying the bottom-up approach which not only provides practical insights into the design of nanoscale devices, but also affords conceptual insights into the meaning of resistance and the essence of non-equilibrium phenomena in general. No prior knowledge of quantum mechanics or statistical mechanics is assumed; however, familiarity with matrix algebra will be helpful for some topics.

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