Maximum-entropy theory of steady-state quantum transport

  title={Maximum-entropy theory of steady-state quantum transport},
  author={Peter Bokes and R. W. Godby},
  • Peter Bokes, R. W. Godby
  • Published 2003
  • Physics
  • We develop a theoretical framework for describing steady-state quantum transport phenomena, based on the general maximum-entropy principle of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. The general form of the many-body density matrix is derived, which contains the invariant part of the current operator that guarantees the nonequilibrium and steady-state character of the ensemble. Several examples of the theory are given, demonstrating the relationship of the present treatment to the widely used… CONTINUE READING

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