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Current eigenmodes and dephasing in nanoscopic quantum networks

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posted on 08.11.2013 by Tankut Can, Hui Dai, Dirk K. Morr
Using the nonequilibrium Keldysh Green’s function formalism, we show that the nonequilibrium charge transport in nanoscopic quantum networks takes place via current eigenmodes that possess characteristic spatial patterns.We identify the microscopic relation between the current patterns and the network’s electronic structure and topology and demonstrate that these patterns can be selected via gating or constrictions, providing new venues for manipulating charge transport at the nanoscale. Finally, decreasing the dephasing time leads to a smooth evolution of the current patterns from those of a ballistic quantum network to those of a classical resistor network.

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© 2012 by American Physical Society , Physical Review B. The original version is available through American Physical Society at DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.195459

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American Physical Society

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1098-0121

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01/05/2012

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