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Introduction to Quantum Transport


Credit Hours:


Start Date:

March 27, 2023

Learning Objective:

  • Explain tight-binding model, reciprocal lattice and evaluate dispersion relation
  • Explain NEGF equations, dephasing, quantum point contact and evaluate quantities like the transmission, the self-energy and spectral functions
  • Use Pauli spin matrices and evaluate quantities like spin density


This course is intended to be broadly accessible to students in any branch of science or engineering who would like to learn about the full quantum statistical mechanical framework for describing the flow of electrons in solid-state electronic devices.

Weekly topics: 1 & 2, Schrodinger Equation; 3 & 4, Contact-ing Schrodinger & Examples; 5, Spin Transport.
Spring 2021 Syllabus

Topics Covered:


This course is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in engineering or the physical sciences, having a familiarity with differential equations and linear algebra.

Applied / Theory:


Three exams


S.Datta, Lessons from Nanoelectronics, Part A: Basic Concepts, Second Edition, World Scientific (2017); this book is provided to students as a free download in the course.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements: