Semiconductor Nanostructures: Quantum states and electronic transport

Paperback | December 5, 2009

byThomas Ihn

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This textbook describes the physics of semiconductor nanostructures with emphasis on their electronic transport properties. At its heart are five fundamental transport phenomena: quantized conductance, tunnelling transport, the Aharonov-Bohm effect, the quantum Hall effect, and the Coulombblockade effect. The book starts out with the basics of solid state and semiconductor physics, such as crystal structure, band structure, and effective mass approximation, including spin-orbit interaction effects important for research in semiconductor spintronics. It contains material aspects such as bandengineering, doping, gating, and a selection of nanostructure fabrication techniques. The book discusses the Drude-Boltzmann-Sommerfeld transport theory as well as conductance quantization and the Landauer-Buttiker theory. These concepts are extended to mesoscopic interference phenomena anddecoherence, magnetotransport, and interaction effects in quantum-confined systems, guiding the reader from fundamental effects to specialized state-of-the-art experiments.The book will provide a thorough introduction into the topic for graduate and PhD students, and will be a useful reference for lecturers and researchers working in the field.

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This textbook describes the physics of semiconductor nanostructures with emphasis on their electronic transport properties. At its heart are five fundamental transport phenomena: quantized conductance, tunnelling transport, the Aharonov-Bohm effect, the quantum Hall effect, and the Coulombblockade effect. The book starts out with the b...

Professor Thomas Ihn took his PhD in Physics in 1994 at TU Munich, Germany, then did post-doctoral work at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham. He began work as a Research Assistant at the Solid State Physics Laboratory, ETH Zurich, in 1998, and is now Professor of Physics there.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:580 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:December 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199534438

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Semiconductor Crystals3. Band Structure4. Envelope function and effective mass approximation5. Material aspects of heterostructures, doping, surfaces, and gating6. Fabrication of semiconductor nanostructures7. Electrostatics of Semiconductor nanostructures8. Quantum mechanics of semiconductor nanostructures9. Two-dimensional electron gases in heterostructures10. Diffusive classical transport in two-dimensional electron gases11. Ballistic electron transport in quantum point contacts12. Tunneling transport through potential barriers13. Multiterminal systems14. Interference effects in nanostructures15. Diffusive quantum transport16. Magnetotransport in two-dimensional systems17. Interaction effects in diffusive two-dimensional systems18. Quantum dots19. Coupled quantum dots20. Electronic noise in semiconductor nanostructures21. The Fano effect22. Measurements of the transmission phase23. Controlled dephasing experiments24. Quantum information processing

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"A good book on quantum transport in semiconductor nanostructures, which fills an existing niche in the market. Highly topical and very nicely illustrated." --Laurence Eaves, Nottingham University