Introduction to the Schrödinger Equation and Quantum Transport

Supriyo Datta, Shuvro Chowdhury, PurdueX

Introduces the Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function (NEGF) method widely used to describe quantum effects in nanoscale devices, along with its applications to spintronic devices.

This course introduces the Schrödinger equation, using the tight-binding method to discuss the concept of bandstructure and E(k) relations, followed by an introduction to the NEGF method with simple illustrative examples. Concept of spinors is introduced along with the application of the NEGF method to spintronic devices.

No prior background in quantum mechanics or statistical mechanics is assumed. 


This course is a part of a Purdue initiative that aims to complement the expertise that students develop with the breadth at the edges needed to work effectively in today's multidisciplinary environment.  These serious short courses require few prerequisites and provide a general framework that can be filled in with self-study when needed.

Students taking this course will be required to complete two (2) proctored exams using the edX online Proctortrack software.
Completed exams will be scanned and sent using Gradescope for grading by Professor Datta.

What will you learn

  • The Schrödinger equation
  • How the tight-binding model works
  • The concept of bandstructure and E(k) relations
  • Self-energy
  • Broadening
  • NEGF equations
  • Dephasing

Dates:
  • 24 September 2018
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  • Language: English Gb

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