We describe a detailed numerical scheme to calculate electron transport in quantum wires using the Green function formalism combined with tight-binding orbital basis. As an example of the application, we study the electron transport in a Si nanowire containing a finite potential barrier. The effects of nonzero bias, temperature, and disorder on the barrier-induced oscillatory conductance are investigated within the context of coherent transport model. The oscillatory behavior of the conductance as a function of the Fermi energy is found to be highly sensitive to sample disorder and limited to a very low temperature and a small bias range.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Computer Science(all)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering