Use of the scattering matrix for device simulations

R. Akis, D. K. Ferry

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The use of the quantum mechanical scattering matrix is a time proven method for determining the transport probability for an electron wave in a nanostructure. When coupled with the Landauer formalism, it provides a valuable approach for simulation of semiconductor devices. Here, we discuss a numerically stable method to solve this transmission problem in a recursive manner. It is easily extended to dissipative and far from equilibrium situations. We also discuss the use of scattering matrices in photo excitation of nanostructures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-362
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Computational Electronics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013


  • Conductance
  • Dissipation
  • Poisson's equation
  • Scattering matrix

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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