Introduction to Mesoscopic Physics

Hardcover | November 15, 2001

byYoseph Imry

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Mesoscopic physics refers to the physics of structures larger than a nanometer (one billionth of a meter) but smaller than a micrometer (one millionth of a meter). This size range is the stage on which the exciting new research on submicroscopic and electronic and mechanical devices is beingdone. This research often crosses the boundary between physics and engineering, since engineering such tiny electronic components requires a firm grasp of quantum physics. Applications for the future may include such wonders as microscopic robot surgeons that travel through the blood stream torepair clogged arteries, submicroscopic actuators and builders, and supercomputers that fit on the head of a pin. The world of the future is being planned and built by physicists, engineers, and chemists working in the microscopic realm. This book can be used as the main text in a course on mesoscopic physics or as a supplementary text in electronic devices, semiconductor devices, and condensed matter physics courses. For this new edition, the author has substantially updated and modified the material especially of chapters 3:Dephasing, 8: Noise in mesoscopic systems, and the concluding chapter 9.

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Mesoscopic physics refers to the physics of structures larger than a nanometer (one billionth of a meter) but smaller than a micrometer (one millionth of a meter). This size range is the stage on which the exciting new research on submicroscopic and electronic and mechanical devices is beingdone. This research often crosses the boundar...

Yoseph Imry is in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198507380

ISBN - 13:9780198507383

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Table of Contents

PrefacePreface to the second editionList of symbols1. Introduction and a brief review of experimental systems2. Quantum transport, Anderson Localization3. Dephasing by coupling with the environment, application to Coulomb electron-electron interactions in metals4. Mesoscopic effects in equilibrium and static properties5. Quantum interference effects in transport properties, the Landauer formulation and applications6. The Quantum Hall Effect7. Mesoscopics with superconductivity8. Noise in mesoscopic systems9. Concluding remarksA. The Kubo, linear response, formulationB. The Kubo-Greenwood Conductivity and the Edwards-Thouless RelationshipsC. The Aharonov-Bohm Effect and the Byers-Yang and Bloch TheoremD. Derivation of matrix elements in the diffusion regimeE. Careful treatment of dephasing in 2D conductors at low temperaturesF. Anomalies in the density of states (DOS)G. Quasiclassical theory of spectral correlationsH. Details of the four-terminal formulationI. Universality of the conductance fluctuations in terms of the universal correlation of transmission eigenvaluesJ. The conductance of ballistic 'point contacts'