2016 Quantum Transport

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Graduate major in Physics
Fujisawa Toshimasa 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on quantum transport of electrons, electron spins, their energies, phonons and so on in materials at low temperatures. While high-quality semiconductors will be considered as typical materials to study quantum transport, other materials such as superconductors and molecules will be introduced as well. Some exercises will be provided for each section.
Quantum transport, such as in electrical conduction, is attractive for studying non-equilibrium phenomena that can be continuously varied from a nearly thermal equilibrium condition to a highly non-equilibrium situation. The lecture is organized to focus on the dimensionality of the system (two-, one-, and zero-dimensional motion) as well as various interferences, interactions and dynamics.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand fundamental laws in quantum transport
- Understand basic transport characteristics of low-dimensional electron systems.
- Understand intriguing quantum transport associated with interactions.


Quantum transport phenomena, low-dimensional electron systems, quanyum Hall effect, quantum dot, quantum fluctuations.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Sufficient understanding will be reached by providing a lecture and an exercise for each section. The lecture includes fundamental concepts and laws as well as up-to-date research topics. Students will be asked to submit reports for the exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The objective of the course and overview of quantum transport. Understand the overview of quantum transport.
Class 2 Semi-classical transport characteristics Exercises (subject to change)
Class 3 Quantum transport based on scattering problems. Exercises (subject to change)
Class 4 Quantum interference effects: Semiconductor and superconductor junctions Exercises (subject to change)
Class 5 Quantum Hall effects: two-dimensional electron system Exercises (subject to change)
Class 6 Quantum wires: one-dimensional electron systems Exercises (subject to change)
Class 7 Quantum dots: zero-dimensional electron systems Exercises (subject to change)
Class 8 Fluctuations and Correlations Review


Lecture Note will be provided

Reference books, course materials, etc.

T. T. Heikkila, The Physics of Nanoelectronics, Transport and Fluctuation Phenomena at Low temperatures, Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics, ISBN-13: 978-0199673490

Yuli V. Nazarov and Yaroslav M. Blanter, Quantum Transport: Introduction to Nanoscience, Cambridge University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0521832465

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Related courses

  • PHY.C340 : Basic Solid State Physics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No requirements.

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