Relativistic Wigner functions in transition metal dichalcogenides

D. K. Ferry, I. Welland

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The Wigner function has been proven useful in many studies of transport as well as quantum coherence in experimental situations. When we deal with Dirac bands, this function becomes a matrix function. Here, we study the Wigner matrix for a situation in a transition metal dichacogenides with a dominant spin–orbit interaction. Here, we discuss (Formula presented.), where the bands can be described with the Dirac equation, and a unique spin-valley coupling arises. This leads to a 2X2 Wigner matrix for either the conduction band or the valence band. The off-diagonal elements display interference phenomena from the two diagonal components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Computational Electronics
StateAccepted/In press - Oct 19 2017


  • Devices
  • Electron transport
  • Nanostructures
  • Phonon scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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