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ECE65900 - Quantum Transport

Spring 2016

Days/Time: TBD / TBD
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To convey the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics with special emphasis on non-equilibrium problems involving nanoscale current flow to graduate students with little or no background in these subjects.

Description:
The development of nanotechnology has made it possible to engineer materials and devices on a length scale as small as several nanometers (atomic distances are ~ 0.2 nm). To meet the resulting challenges and opportunities, an integrated approach is needed that embeds modern atomistic thinking directly into the models used for non-equilibrium systems like nanoscale transistors, energy conversion devices and bio-sensors. This requires not just quantum mechanics, but also an appreciation of some of the most advanced concepts of non-equilibrium 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 that is designed for graduate students familiar with differential equations and linear algebra, but having no significant acquaintance with either quantum mechanics or statistical mechanics.

Topics Covered:
(1) Semiclassical transport (weeks 1-4), HW 1, 2, due Fri.1/21, 2/4(2) Quantum transport (weeks 5-8), HW 3-5, due Fri. 2/11, 2/25, 3/5(3) Spin transport (weeks 9-12), HW 6-7, due Fri. 3/25, 4/8(4) Strongly correlated transport (weeks 13-15), HW 8, due Wed. 4/27

Prerequisites:
Matrix algebra, Familiarity with MATLAB (or equivalent) necessary for some homeworks and for take-home exam.

Applied/Theory: 0/100

Web Address:
http://www.itap.purdue.edu/learning/tools/blackboard/

Web Content:
Syllabus, Grades, Lecture Notes, Homework Assignments, Solutions, Quizzes, Chat Room and Message Board

Homework:
8 in all distributed through the semester. Homework accepted via Blackboard.

Projects:
Not required.

Exams:
1 Midterm Exam, 1 Take-Home Exam, and 1 Final Exam.

Textbooks:
1. QTAT: S.Datta, Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor, Cambridge (2005), ISBN 0-521-63145-9. 2. LNE: S.Datta, "Lessons from Nanoelectronics," World Scientific, (2011) to be published. Excerpts will be posted on "Blackboard." Additional references will be posted along with Homeworks/solutions on ?Blackboard? which are very important in mastering the material.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements, and students should have access to MATLAB or equivalent.

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Tuition & Fees: view

Other Requirements:
Grades: 8 HOME WORKS (20%); MIDTERM EXAM (30%); TAKE-HOME EXAM (MATLAB-based - 20%); FINAL EXAM (Cumulative - 30%)

T. B. D.
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