General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Electric And Thermoelectric Transport At The Nanoscale
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Ireneusz Weymann
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Physics
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 04-E-ETT-30-4Z


Module aim (aims)

The aim of the course is to teach the basic formalism and discuss the effects emerging in transport through nanoscale systems, such as nanowires, molecules, single-electron transistors or quantum dots.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Knowledge of basics of quantum mechanics and solid state physics will be welcomed.


Introduction: Electric and thermoelectric properties: classical versus quantum
Scattering theory for electric and thermoelectric responses
Quantum interference effects in low-dimensional systems, transmission through a double tunnel barrier
Single-electron charging effects, Coulomb blockade,  rate equations for quantum systems
Electron correlations effects, the Kondo effect
Seebeck coefficient, heat conductance and thermoelectric figure of merit of various nanoscale systems
Thermoelectricity as a probe of correlations in nanoscale systems

Reading list

  1. H. Julian Goldsmid, Introduction to Thermoelectricity (Springer 2010).
  2. Giuliano Benenti, Giulio Casati, Keiji Saito, and Robert S. Whitney, Fundamental aspects of steady-state conversion of heat to work at the nanoscale, Physics Reports 694, 1 (2017).
  3. Yuli Nazarov and Yaroslav Blanter, Quantum Transport (Cambridge 2009).
  4. Massimiliano Di Ventra, Electrical Transport in Nanoscale Systems (Cambridge 2008).
  5. Tero Heikkila, The Physics of Nanoelectronics – Transport and Fluctuation Phenomena at Low Temperatures (Oxford Univ. Press 2013).