Quantum transport and memory effects in mesoscopic structures

Irena Knezevic, David K. Ferry

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A modern theory of electronic transport in mesoscopic structures needs to non-perturbatively treat the active region of the device as an open subsystem of a larger, interacting closed system, and be able to successfully capture transient processes, as well as a far-from-equilibrium steady state. We present a basis for generalization of the powerful non-equilibrium Green's functions formalism for treatment of open systems. During transient processes and far from equilibrium, we analyze the magnitude and importance of the memory terms, which appear in the two-time correlation functions and are the signatures of the system's openness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-76
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 2003
EventFourth International Symposium on Nanostructures and Mesoscopi - Tempe, AZ, United States
Duration: Feb 17 2003Feb 21 2003


  • Memory effects
  • Mesoscopic structures
  • Open systems
  • Quantum transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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