Two quantum-kinetic models of ultrafast electron transport in quantum wires are derived from the generalized electron-phonon Wigner equation. The various assumptions and approximations allowing one to find closed equations for the reduced electron Wigner function are discussed with an emphasis on their physical relevance. The models correspond to the Levinson and Barker-Ferry equations, now generalized to account for a space-dependent evolution. They are applied to study the quantum effects in the dynamics of an initial packet of highly nonequilibrium carriers, locally generated in the wire. The properties of the two model equations are compared and analyzed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics