Electrical Transport in Nanoscale Systems
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In recent years there has been a huge increase in the research and development
of nanoscale science and technology. Central to the understanding of the properties
of nanoscale structures is the modeling of electronic conduction through these
systems. This graduate textbook provides an in-depth description of the transport
phenomena relevant to systems of nanoscale dimensions. In this textbook the
different theoretical approaches are critically discussed, with emphasis on
their basic assumptions and approximations. The book also covers information
content in the measurement of currents, the role of initial conditions in establishing
a steady state, and the modern use of density-functional theory. Topics are
introduced by simple physical arguments, with particular attention to the non-equilibrium
statistical nature of electrical conduction, and followed by a detailed formal
derivation. This textbook is ideal for graduate students in physics, chemistry,
and electrical engineering.