Journal of Computational Electronics

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 45–55 | Cite as

Hydrodynamic modeling of silicon quantum wires

  • O. MuscatoEmail author
  • V. Di Stefano


A hydrodynamic model for silicon quantum wires is formulated by taking the moments of the multisubband Boltzmann equation, coupled to the Schrödinger-Poisson system. Explicit closure relations for the fluxes and production terms (i.e. the moments on the collisional operator) are obtained by means of the Maximum Entropy Principle of Extended Thermodynamics, including scattering of electrons with acoustic and non-polar optical phonons. By using this model, thermoelectric effects are investigated.


Silicon quantum wires Boltzmann equation Hydrodynamic models Maximum Entropy Principle Thermal effects 



This work has been supported by “Progetti di Ricerca di Ateneo” Università degli Studi di Catania, by MIUR PRIN 2009 “Problemi Matematici delle Teorie Cinetiche e Applicazioni”, and the CINECA Award N. HP10C3U0CA 2011 for the availability of high performance computing resources and support.


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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Matematica e InformaticaUniversità degli Studi di CataniaCataniaItaly

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