ECE 659 Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor
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Traditionally atomistic approaches have been used to model
materials in terms of average parameters like the mobility or the diffusion coefficient
which are then used as inputs to macroscopic device models. This approach is still widely
used but it is not adequate to meet the challenges and opportunities afforded by the
development of nanotechnology that makes it possible to engineer materials and devices
on a length scale as small as several nanometers (atomic distances are ~ 0.2 nm). An
integrated approach is needed that embeds modern atomistic thinking directly into the
models used for nonequilibrium systems like nanoscale transistors, energy conversion
devices and biosensors. This requires not just quantum mechanics, but also an
appreciation of some of the most advanced concepts of nonequilibrium statistical
mechanics, together with the valuable insights obtained from recent developments in
mesoscopic physics. Our aim is to condense the central concepts into a one semester
course, assuming no prior background other than linear algebra.
Prerequisite: Matrix algebra, Familiarity with MATLAB (or equivalent) necessary for some homeworks and for takehome exam.
Lecture notes prepared by Samiran Ganguly.
References
 Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor, Chapters 1, 4, 7.1, 811, Cambridge University Press (ISBN13: 9780521631457, ISBN10: 0521631459)
 Nanoelectronics and the Meaning of Resistance, Lectures 15B (See lecture 38.0 for Lecture 5A)
 Nanoelectronic Devices: A Unified View, to appear in The Oxford Handbook on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Frontiers and Advances, eds. A.V. Narlikar and Y.Y. Fu, volume 1, chapter 1, arxiv.org/abs/0809.4460v2
 Nanodevices and Maxwell's Demon, Lecture Notes in Nanoscale Science and Technology, Vol. 2, Nanoscale Phenomena: Basic Science to Device Applications, Eds. Z.K. Tang and P. Sheng, Springer (2008), arxiv.org/abs/0704.1623
 Influence of Dimensionality on Thermoelectric Device Performance, Raseong Kim, Supriyo Datta, Mark S. Lundstrom, arxiv.org/abs/0811.3632
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Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor
by Supriyo Datta (Cambridge  July 11, 2005)
This book presents a unique approach to the fundamentals of quantum transport, and is aimed at senior undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the most advanced concepts of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics are included and yet no prior acquaintance with quantum mechanics is assumed.
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