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Lessons from Nanoelectronics: A New Perspective on Transport
Online Forum: Questions from Readers
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The forum is open to everyone, no membership is required. It is updated regularly to include responses to new questions.
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LNE: Lessons from Nanoelectronics, World Scientific 2012
is intended for a broad audience including students and professionals in other science and engineering disciplines.
** Part III (Lectures 18-23) of this book is devoted to making the NEGF (Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function) method accessible to non-specialists.
What the book is about
Everyone is familiar with the amazing performance of a modern smartphone, powered by a billion-plus nanotransistors, each having an active region that is barely a few hundred atoms long.
These lectures, however, are about a less-appreciated by-product of the microelectronics revolution, namely the deeper understanding of current flow, energy exchange and device operation that it has enabled. We
* (1) introduce the seminal concepts of nanoelectronics and mesoscopic physics, and
* (2) show how these concepts can be used to obtain many standard results in the transport theory of large conductors in a relatively straightforward way.
This second point represents a new perspective that could be of broad relevance to the general problems of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics involving the emergence of irreversibility from reversible laws. With this in mind we have tried to make the key concepts accessible to a broad audience.
Over 50 years ago David Pines in his preface to the Frontiers in Physics lecture note series articulated the need for both a consistent account of a field and the presentation of a definite point of view concerning it. That is what we have tried to provide in this book, with no intent to slight any other point of view or perspective.
Students and professionals in any branch of science or engineering. We assume very little background beyond linear algebra and differential equations.
For dedicated graduate students and the specialists, I have written a number of BOOKS in the past.
But even the specialists may enjoy these notes taking a fresh look at a familiar subject, emphasizing the insights from mesoscopic physics and nanoelectronics that are of general interest and relevance.
These are lecture notes in unfinished form. I hope to have a better version in the future, based on your feedback and suggestions.
In Spring 2012 an online course on the Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics was offered using this book as the text. Related video lectures, quizzes, homework problems and solutions can all be accessed by going to
These codes can be run on MATLAB or on the OCTAViEw tool on nanoHUB.
For Figures in book
The codes are organized in folders, titled by the Lecture number.
For Figures in the article “Nanoscale Device Modeling: the Green’s Function Method”
Click here to access MATLAB codes for all examples in the paper S.Datta, Nanoscale Device Modeling: the Green’s Function Method, Superlattices and Microstructures, vol.28, p.253 (2000).