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Purdue University

Introduction to Quantum Transport

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This course introduces the Schrödinger equation, using the tight-binding method to discuss the concept of bandstructure and E(k) relations, followed by an introduction to the NEGF method with simple illustrative examples. Concept of spinors is introduced along with the application of the NEGF method to spintronic devices.

No prior background in quantum mechanics or statistical mechanics is assumed.

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Week 1: Schrödinger Equation

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Wave Equation
1.3 Differential to Matrix Equation
1.4 Dispersion Relation
1.5 Counting States

Week 2: Schrödinger Equation (continued)

1.6 Beyond 1D
1.7 Lattice with a Basis
1.8 Graphene
1.9 Reciprocal Lattice/Valleys
1.10 Summing Up

Week 3: Contact-ing Schrödinger & Examples

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Semiclassical Model
2.3 Quantum Model
2.4 NEGF Equations
2.5 Bonus Lecture, NOT covered on exams
2.6 Scattering Theory

Week 4: Contact-ing Schrödinger & Examples (continued)
2.7 Transmission
2.8 Resonant Tunneling
2.9 Dephasing
2.10 Summing Up
3.1 Bonus Lecture, NOT covered on exams
3.2 Quantum Point Contact
3.3 - 3.10 Bonus Lectures, NOT covered on exams

Week 5: Spin Transport

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Magnetic Contacts
4.3 Rotating Contacts
4.4 Vectors and Spinors
4.5 - 4.6 Bonus Lectures NOT covered on exams
4.7 Spin Density/Current
4.8-4.10 Bonus Lectures NOT covered on exams

Text: S. Datta, “Lessons from Nanoelectronics”, Part B: Quantum Transport, World Scientific, Second Edition 2017
The manuscript will be available for download in the course.

Taught by

Supriyo Datta and Shuvro Chowdhury


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