2022 Quantum Transport

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Graduate major in Physics
Fujisawa Toshimasa 
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Course description and aims

The objective is to understand quantum transport of electrons and spins in conductive materials at low temperatures. The main subject will be electron transport phenomena in semiconductors, but those in other materials will also be discussed. Interesting quantum transport phenomena that appear due to dimensionality (2D, 1D, 0D), quantum interference effects, Coulomb interactions, spin-orbit interactions, etc. will be studied. Relevant exercises will be provided in each unit.

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, quantum Hall effect, single-electron transport

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students will be able to understand each section from the lecture and some exercises. 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 Band structure and symmetry Exercises (subject to change)
Class 3 Semi-classical transport Exercises (subject to change)
Class 4 Scattering theory Exercises (subject to change)
Class 5 Electron-interference effects Exercises (subject to change)
Class 6 Quantum Hall effects Exercises (subject to change)
Class 7 Single-electron transport Exercises (subject to change)

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


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

Assessment criteria and methods


Related courses

  • PHY.C340 : Basic Solid State Physics

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

No requirements.

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