Universal conductance fluctuations

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Universal conductance fluctuations (UCF) in mesoscopic physics is a phenomenon encountered in electrical transport experiments in mesoscopic species. The measured electrical conductance will vary from sample to sample, mainly due to inhomogeneous scattering sites. Fluctuations originate from coherence effects for electronic wavefunctions and thus the phase-coherence length needs be larger than the momentum relaxation length . UCF is more profound when electrical transport is in weak localization regime. where , is the number of conduction channels and is the momentum relaxation due to phonon scattering events length or mean free path. For weakly localized samples fluctuation in conductance is equal to fundamental conductance regardless of the number of channels.

Many factors will influence the amplitude of UCF. At zero temperature without decoherence, the UCF is influenced by mainly two factors, the symmetry and the shape of the sample. Recently, a third key factor, anisotropy of Fermi surface, is also found to fundamentally influence the amplitude of UCF.[1]

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  1. ^ Hu, Yayun; Liu, Haiwen; Jiang, Hua; Xie, X. C. (2017-10-05). "Numerical study of universal conductance fluctuations in three-dimensional topological semimetals". Physical Review B. 96 (13): 134201. arXiv:1708.05212. Bibcode:2017PhRvB..96m4201H. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.96.134201.

General references[edit]

  • Akkermans and Montambaux, Mesoscopic Physics of Electrons and Photons, Cambridge University Press (2007)
  • Supriyo Datta, Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Systems, Cambridge University Press (1995)
  • R. Saito, G. Dresselhaus and M. S. Dresselhaus, Physical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes, Imperial College Press (1998)
  • Lee, P.; Stone, A. (1985). "Universal Conductance Fluctuations in Metals". Physical Review Letters. 55 (15): 1622–1625. Bibcode:1985PhRvL..55.1622L. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.55.1622. PMID 10031872.
  • Boris Altshuler (1985), Pis'ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 41: 530 [JETP Lett. 41: 648] .