Special Issue "Quantum Transport in Layered Materials"

A special issue of Condensed Matter (ISSN 2410-3896).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Antonino La Magna

CNR Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Strada VIII, 5, Catania, 95121, Italy
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Interests: solid state physics; material science; computational material science
Guest Editor
Prof. Vittorio Romano

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science,University of Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
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Interests: mathematical modeling and simulation of semiconductors; radiative transfer; charge and heat transport in solids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A breakthrough in terms of basic science and innovation has been triggered by the recently acquired ability to synthesize and manipulate layered materials, from single/few-layers isolation to device configuration. A key feature of the reduced dimensionality is the more pronounced quantum character of the energy and charge carriers in these systems and, as a consequence, the emergence of a peculiar behaviour of transport, which is difficult to place in the standard schemes and formalisms. In particular, the concomitant occurrence of topological effects and/or many-particle instabilities influence crucially the quantum particles "motion" when they are subjected to external fields. Moreover, the study and the applications of layered materials cannot disregard the understanding of the influence on carriers' dynamics generated by extrinsic atomic and extended structures such as defects, contaminations, functionalizations and interfaces with other materials. Due to the asynchronous appearance of the different layered materials, a non-uniform maturity characterizes the current state of research. However, the general hallmark is the fragmentation of the evidences (also in the case of the parent layered material: graphene) and the lack of a unifying framework dealing with the multiple scale (quantum, mesoscopic, macroscopic) of the transport phenomena arising in such a context.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide a series of reference papers for the current theoretical and experimental research in "Quantum Transport in Layered Materials", covering all aspects of this subject. A particular focus will be given to manuscripts reporting multidisciplinary researches aiming a) at closing the gap between the quantum and mesoscopic transport schemes for the class of layered materials and b) at exploiting the quantum effects in complex structures (e.g. devices). Attention will be also given to the computational issues. Papers of high quality are welcome and will be carefully reviewed.

Sincerely yours

Dr. Antonino La Magna
Prof. Vittorio Romano
Guest Editors

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  • nanoscale electron transport measurements in layered materials
  • relationship between atomic structure and transport
  • topological effects in layered materials
  • layered materials: integration in electronic devices and sensors
  • quantum charge and energy transport
  • non-equilibrium Green’s function methods
  • Boltzmann equation
  • Wigner equation
  • subband models

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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