This book introduces researchers and students to the physical principles which govern the operation of solid-state devices whose overall length is smaller than the electron mean free path. In quantum systems such as these, electron wave behavior prevails, and transport properties must be assessed by calculating transmission amplitudes rather than microscopic conductivity. Emphasis is placed on detailing the physical laws that apply under these circumstances, and on giving a clear account of the most important phenomena. The coverage is comprehensive, with mathematics and theoretical material systematically kept at the most accessible level. The various physical effects are clearly differentiated, ranging from transmission formalism to the Coulomb blockade effect and current noise fluctuations. Practical exercises and solutions have also been included to facilitate the reader's understanding.
Thierry Ouisse is a researcher at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France). His research interests are in the area of semiconductor physics, mesoscopic device physics and near-field microscopy. He is the author of about 150 research papers and communications in these fields.
1. Introduction.2. Some Useful Concepts and Reminders.3. Ballistic Transport and Transmission Conductance.4. S-matrix Formalism.5. Tunneling and Trapping.6. An Introduction to Current Noise in Mesoscopic Devices.7. Coulomb Blockade Effect.8. Specific Interference Effects.9. Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes.10. Appendices.