Journal of Computational Electronics

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 405–419 | Cite as

Time-resolved electron transport with quantum trajectories

  • G. Albareda
  • D. Marian
  • A. Benali
  • S. Yaro
  • N. Zanghì
  • X. Oriols


It is shown that Bohmian mechanics applied to describe electron transport in open systems (in terms of waves and particles) leads to a quantum-trajectory Monte Carlo algorithm where randomness appears because of the uncertainties in the number of electrons, their energies and the initial positions of the trajectories. The usefulness of this formalism to provide predictions beyond DC, namely AC regime, transient and noise, in nanoelectronic devices, is proven and discussed in detail. In particular, we emphasize the ability of this formalism to provide a straightforward answer to the measurement of the total current and its advantages to deal with the many-body problem in electron transport scenarios. All the results presented along the manuscript have been obtained using the electron device simulator BITLLES.


Quantum electron transport High-frequency Bohmian trajectories Multi-time measurement Displacement current Current fluctuations 



The authors acknowledge discussion with F.L. Traversa, A. Alarcón, X. Cartoixà, D. Jiménez. This work has been partially supported by the “Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación” through the Spanish Project TEC2012-31330, the Beatriu de Pinós program through the project 2010BP-A00069 and by the Grant agreement no: 604391 of the Flagship initiative “Graphene-Based Revolutions in ICT and Beyond”. D.M. and N.Z. are supported in part by INFN.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Albareda
    • 1
  • D. Marian
    • 2
  • A. Benali
    • 1
  • S. Yaro
    • 1
  • N. Zanghì
    • 2
  • X. Oriols
    • 1
  1. 1.Departament d’Enginyeria ElectònicaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica dell’Università di Genova and INFN sezione di GenovaGenovaItaly

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