The Physics of Nanoelectronics: Transport and Fluctuation Phenomena at Low Temperatures

ISBN : 9780199592449

Tero T. Heikkila
296 Pages
196 x 248 mm
Pub date
Jan 2013
Oxford Master Series in Physics
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Advances in nanotechnology have allowed physicists and engineers to miniaturize electronic structures to the limit where finite-size related phenomena start to impact their properties. This book discusses such phenomena and models made for their description. The book starts from the semiclassical description of nonequilibrium effects, details the scattering theory used for quantum transport calculations, and explains the main interference effects. It also describes how to treat fluctuations and correlations, how interactions affect transport through small islands, and how superconductivity modifies these effects. The last two chapters describe new emerging fields related with graphene and nanoelectromechanics. The focus of the book is on the phenomena rather than formalism, but the book still explains in detail the main models constructed for these phenomena. It also introduces a number of electronic devices, including the single-electron transistor, the superconducting tunnel junction refrigerator, and the superconducting quantum bit.


1. Introduction
2. Semiclassical theory
3. Scattering approach
4. Quantum interference effects
5. Introduction to superconductivity
6. Fluctuations and correlations
7. Single electron effects
8. Quantum dots
9. Tunnel junctions with superconductors
10. Graphene
11. Nanoelectromechanical systems
Appendix A: Important technical tools
Appendix B: Current operator for the scattering theory
Appendix C: Fluctuation-dissipation theorem
Appendix D: Derivation of the Boltzmann-Langevin noise formula
Appendix E: Reflection coefficient in electronic circuits

About the author: 

Tero Heikkila is a grantee of the European Research Council

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