Kinetic theory of quantum transport at the nanoscale

Ralph Gebauer, Roberto Car

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We present a quantum-kinetic scheme for the calculation of non-equilibrium transport properties in nanoscale systems. The approach is based on a Liouville-master equation for a reduced density operator and represents a generalization of the well-known Boltzmann kinetic equation. The system, subject to an external electromotive force, is described using periodic boundary conditions. We demonstrate the feasibility of the approach by applying it to a double-barrier resonant tunneling structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number125324
Pages (from-to)125324-1-125324-5
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Sep 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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