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Problem Solving in Quantum Mechanics From Basics to Real World Applications for Materials Scientists, Applied Physicists, and Devices Engineers by Marc Cahay and Supriyo Bandyopadhyay | PDF Free Download.
Marc Cahay is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems at the University of Cincinnati.
His research interests include modeling of carrier transport in semiconductors, quantum mechanical effects in heterostructures, heterojunction bipolar transistors, spintronics, and cold cathodes. He has also been involved in experimental investigations of cold cathodes, and more recently organic light-emitting diodes based on rare-earth monosulfide materials.
He has published over 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings in these areas. He also has organized many national and international symposia and conferences on his areas of expertise.
Together with Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, he has authored a book titled Introduction to Spintronics. The second edition of this book was released by CRC Press in 2015.
Supriyo Bandyopadhyay is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University.
His research interests include spintronics, nanomagnetism, straintronics, self-assembly of nanostructures, quantum dot devices, carrier transport in nanostructures, quantum networks, and quantum computing.
He has published over 300 journal articles and conference papers in these fields serve on the editorial boards of nine journals devoted to these fields and have served on the organizing and program committees of many international conferences in these areas of research.
He has authored a book titled Physics of Nanostructured Solid State Devices published by Springer in 2012.
Over the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the study of physical and biological systems at the nanoscale. In fact, this Millenium has been referred to as the “nano millennium.”
The fields of nanoscience and nanoengineering have been fuelled by recent spectacular discoveries in mesoscopic physics, a new understanding of DNA sequencing, the advent of the field of quantum computing, tremendous progress in molecular biology, and other related fields.
A fundamental understanding of physical phenomena at the nanoscale level will require future generations of engineers and scientists to grasp the intricacies of the quantum world and master the fundamentals of quantum mechanics developed by many pioneers since the 1920s.
For electrical engineers, condensed matter physicists, and materials scientists who are involved with electronic and optical device research, quantum mechanics will assume a special significance.
For instance, progress in the semiconductor industry has tracked Gordon Moore’s prediction in 1965 regarding the continued downscaling of electronic devices on a chip
1 The density of transistors in a semiconductor chip has increased ever since in a geometric progression, roughly doubling every 18 months.
In state-of-the-art semiconductor chips, the separation between the source and drain in currently used fin field-effect transistors (FinFETs) is below 10 nm.
All future devices for semiconductor chip applications are likely to be strongly affected by the laws of quantum mechanics, and an understanding of these laws and tenets must be added to the repertoire of a device engineer and scientist
2. Another challenge is to understand the quantum mechanical laws that will govern device operation when the projected density of 1013 transistors per cm2, anticipated by 2017, is finally reached. Density increase, however, comes with a cost: if energy dissipation does not scale down concomitantly with device dimensions there will be a thermal runaway, resulting in chip meltdown.
This doomsday scenario has been dubbed the “red brick wall” by the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors
3 The foremost challenge is to find alternatives to the current semiconductor technology that would lead to a drastic reduction in energy dissipation during device operation.
Such technology, if and when it emerges, will very likely draw heavily on quantum mechanics as opposed to classical physics.
Alternatives based on semiconductor heterostructures employing AlGaAs/GaAs or other III–V or II-VI materials have been investigated for several decades and have led to myriad quantum mechanical devices and architectures exploiting the special properties of quantum wells, wires, and dots
4–7. Future device engineers applied physicists, and material scientists will therefore need to be extremely adept at quantum mechanics.
The need for reform in the teaching of quantum mechanics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is now evident
8 and has been discussed in many articles over the last few years 9–16 and at dedicated conferences on the subject, including many recent Gordon Research conferences. There are already some efforts underway at academic institutions to better train undergraduate students in this area.
Many curricula have been modified to include more advanced classes in quantum mechanics for students in the engineering disciplines
10, 11. This initiative has been catalyzed by the recent enthusiasm generated by the prospects of quantum computing and quantum communication 17.
This is a discipline that embraces knowledge in four different fields: electrical engineering, physics, materials science, and computer science. Many textbooks have been written on quantum mechanics [18–30]. Only a few have dealt with practical aspects in the field suitable for a wide audience comprised of device engineers, applied physicists, and materials scientists 31–44.
In fact, quantum mechanics is taught very differently by high energy physicists and electrical engineers. In order for the subject to be entertaining and understandable to either discipline, they must be taught by their own kind to avoid a culture shock for the uninitiated students.
Carr and McKagan have recently discussed the significant problems with graduate quantum mechanics education 13.
Typically, most textbooks are inadequate or devote too little time to exploring topics of current exciting new research and development that would prepare graduate students for the rapidly growing fields of nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology.
As pointed out by Carr and McKagan, from a purely theoretical point of view, the history of quantum mechanics can be divided into four periods.
In the first ten years following the 1926 formulation of the famous equation by Schr¨odinger, the early pioneers in the field developed the formalism taught in many undergraduate classes, including wave mechanics, its matrix formulations, and an early version of its interpretation with the work of Bohm and Bohr, among others.
Then, until the mid-1960s, new concepts were developed, mostly addressing many-body aspects, with landmark achievements such as a formulation of density functional theory.
This was accompanied by quantum electrodynamics and a successful explanation of low-temperature superconductivity by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer. The third period began in 1964 with the pioneering work of Bell.
The question of interpretation of quantum mechanics reached a deeper level with many theoretical advances, which eventually led to the fourth period in the field starting with the pioneering work of Aspect et al.
in 1982 and the first successful experimental proof of Bell’s inequality. Fundamental research in quantum mechanics now includes the fields of quantum computing and quantum communication, which have progressed in large strides helped by the rapid technological advances in non-linear optics, spintronic devices, and other systems fabricated with sophisticated techniques such as molecular beam epitaxy, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer epitaxy, and various self-assembly techniques.
The tremendous progress in the field has also been accelerated with the development of new characterization techniques including scanning and tunneling electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, near field scanning optical microscopy, single-photon detection, single-electron detection, and others.
Many books dedicated to problems in quantum mechanics have appeared over the years. Most of them concentrate on exercises to help readers master the principles and fundamentals of the theory.
In contrast, this work is a collection of problems for students, researchers, and practitioners interested in state-of-the-art material and device applications.
It is not a textbook filled with precepts. Since examples are always better than precepts, this book is a collection of practical problems in quantum mechanics with solutions. Every problem is relevant either to a new device or a device concept or to topics of current material relevant to the most recent research and development in practical quantum mechanics that could lead to new technological developments.
The collection of problems covered in this book addresses topics that are covered in quantum mechanics textbooks but whose practical applications are often limited to a few end-of-the-book problems if even that.
The present book should, therefore, be an ideal companion to a graduate-level textbook (or the instructor’s personal lecture notes) in an engineering, condensed matter physics, or materials science curriculum.
This book can not only be used by graduate students preparing for qualifying exams but is an ideal resource for the training of professional engineers in the fast-growing field of nanoscience.
As such, it is appealing to a wide audience comprised not only of future generations of engineers, physicists, and material scientists but also of professionals in need of refocusing their areas of expertise toward the rapidly burgeoning areas of nanotechnology in our everyday life. The student is expected to have some elementary knowledge of quantum mechanics gleaned from modern physics classes.
This includes a basic exposure to Planck’s pioneering work, Bohr’s concept of the atom, the meaning of the de Broglie wavelength, a first exposure to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and an introduction to the Schr¨odinger equation, including its solution for simple problems such as the particle in a box and the analysis of tunneling through a simple rectangular barrier.
The authors have either organized or served on panels of many international conferences dedicated to the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology over the last 25 years.
They have given or organized many short courses in these areas and given many invited talks in their field of expertise spanning nanoelectronics, nano-optoelectronics, nanoscale device simulations, spintronics, and vacuum nanoelectronics, among others.
They also routinely teach graduate classes centered on quantum mechanical precepts and therefore have first-hand experience of student needs and where their understanding can fall short. The problems in this book are grouped by theme in 13 different chapters.
At the beginning of each chapter, we briefly describe the theme behind the set of problems and refer the reader to specific sections of existing books that offer some of the clearest exposures to the material needed to tackle the problems.
The level of difficulty of each problem is indicated by an increasing number of asterisks. Most solutions are typically sketched with an outline of the major steps. Intermediate and lengthy algebra steps are kept to a minimum to keep the size of the book reasonable.
Additional problems are suggested at the end of each chapter and are extensions of or similar to those solved explicitly. Each chapter contains a section on further reading containing references to articles were some of the problems treated in this book were used to investigate specific practical applications.
There are several appendices to complement the set of problems.
Appendix A reviews the postulates of quantum mechanics. Appendix B reviews some basic properties of the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator.
Appendix C reviews some basic definitions and properties of quantum mechanical operators.
Appendix D reviews the concept of Pauli matrices and their basic properties.
Appendix E is a derivation of an analytical expression for the threshold voltage of a high electron mobility transistor.
Appendix F is a derivation of Peierl’s transformation, which is crucial to the study of the properties of a particle in an external electromagnetic field.
Finally, Appendix G contains some of the Matlab code necessary to solve some of the problems and generate figures throughout the book.
The problems in this book have been collected by the authors over a period of 25 years while teaching different classes dealing with the physics and engineering of devices at the submicron and nanoscale levels.
These problems were solved by the authors as part of several classes taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at their respective institutions.
For instance, some of the exercises have been assigned as homework or exam questions as part of first-year graduate courses on High-Speed Electronic Devices and Quantum Systems taught by M. Cahay at the University of Cincinnati.
Since 2003, M. Cahay has also taught a class on Introduction to Quantum Computing with his colleagues in the Physics Department at the University of Cincinnati.
S. Bandyopadhyay has taught a multi-semester graduate-level course in Quantum Theory of Solid State Devices in three different institutions: University of Notre Dame, University of Nebraska, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Should this edition be a success, we intend to upgrade future editions of this book with solutions to all the suggested problems.
This book could not obviously cover all aspects of current research. For instance, topics left out are quantization of phonon modes, Coulomb and spin blockaded transport in nanoscale devices, and carrier transport in carbon nanotubes and graphene, among others.
Future editions will include new sets of problems on these topics as well as others based on suggestions by readers, keeping pace with the most recent topics which will, without a doubt, bloom in the exciting fields of nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology.
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