The Wigner-function approach to quantum transport in mesoscopic electron devices is presented. The concept of Wigner paths allows the formulation of a Monte Carlo simulation which is quantum mechanically rigorous and yet very similar to the one used in semi-classical transport theory. The effect of a potential profile is separated into a term acting as a classical force in the particle orbits and a scattering integral that contains only quantum effects. Phonon scattering is included in the paths in a way that takes automatically into account all quantum effects, such as intracollisional field effect and collisional broadening.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Technical Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Computational Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Published: April 22, 2002
Pages: 177 - 180
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topic: Modeling & Simulation of Microsystems