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Electrical Transport in Nanoscale Systems


  • 23 b/w illus. 65 exercises
  • Page extent: 494 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.12 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521896344)

In recent years there has been a huge increase in the research and development of nanoscale science and technology. Central to the understanding of the properties of nanoscale structures is the modeling of electronic conduction through these systems. This graduate textbook provides an in-depth description of the transport phenomena relevant to systems of nanoscale dimensions. In this textbook the different theoretical approaches are critically discussed, with emphasis on their basic assumptions and approximations. The book also covers information content in the measurement of currents, the role of initial conditions in establishing a steady state, and the modern use of density-functional theory. Topics are introduced by simple physical arguments, with particular attention to the non-equilibrium statistical nature of electrical conduction, and followed by a detailed formal derivation. This textbook is ideal for graduate students in physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering.

• Topics are introduced by simple physical arguments, allowing readers to understand the underlying physics before the formal derivations • Derivations of the main results are explicitly written so readers can easily follow the assumptions and approximations underlying a given theory • Exercises at the end of each chapter expand on the topics of the book, testing the reader's understanding of the subject


Preface; 1. A primer on electron transport; 2. Drude, Kubo, and Boltzmann approaches; 3. Landauer approach; 4. Non-equilibrium Green's function formalism; 5. Noise; 6. Electron-ion interaction; 7. The micro-canonical picture of transport; 8. Hydrodynamics of the electron liquid; Appendices; References; Index.

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