# Readings

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The following table lists chapters in the course textbook that cover each session's lecture materials. These readings are supplemented by assigned papers in the weekly homework.

A list of recommended books to supplement the assigned readings is given after the table.

Course Textbook: Chen, Gang. *Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion: A Parallel Treatment of Electrons, Molecules, Phonons, and Photons*. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780195159424.

lec # | TOPICS | readings |
---|---|---|

1 | Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscale Transport Phenomena; Microscopic Pictures of Heat Carriers | Chapter 1 |

2 | Characteristic Time and Length, Simple Kinetic Theory, Characteristic | Chapter 1 |

3 | Schrödinger Equation | Chapter 2 |

4 | Quantum Wells, Harmonic Oscillators, Rigid Rotors, and Hydrogen Atoms | Chapter 2 |

5 | Rigid Rotors, Hydrogen Atom, Electronic Levels in One-dimensional Lattice Chain | Chapter 3 |

6 | Electronic Energy Levels in Crystals | Chapter 3 |

7 | Phonon Energy Levels in Crystals, Crystal Structures | Chapter 3 |

8 | Reciprocal Lattice, X-ray | Chapter 3 |

9 | Energy Spectrum in Nanostructures, Density of States, Statistical Distributions | Chapters 3 and 4 |

10 | Specific Heat of Molecules, Electrons, Phonons; Blackbody Radiation | Chapter 4 |

11 | Effects of Nanostructures on Energy Storage, Energy Transfer by Waves, Electron Waves | Chapter 5 |

12 | Electromagnetic Waves, Reflection of Waves at a Single Interface | Chapter 5 |

13 | Acoustic Waves, Interference and Tunneling | Chapter 5 |

14 | Laudauer Formalism | Chapter 5 |

15 | Midterm 1 | |

16 | Transport in Carbon Nanotubes (Guest Lecture by Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT.) | |

17 | Transition to Particle Description, Louiville Equation | Chapters 5 and 6 |

18 | Boltzmann Equation, Relaxation Time Approximation | Chapter 6 |

19 | Fourier Law and Newton's Shear Stress Law | Chapter 6 |

20 | Ohm's Law and Thermoelectric Effect | Chapter 6 |

21 | Nanostructured Thermoelectrics (Guest Lecture by Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT.) | |

22 | Take Home Exam 2 | |

23 | Thermoelectric Effect | Chapter 6 |

24 | Classical Size Effects, Parallel Direction | Chapter 7 |

25 | Classical Size Effects, Perpendicular Direction | Chapter 7 |

26 | Liquid, Brownian Motion, Forces and Potentials, Electrokinetics, Surface Tension | Chapter 9 |

Microscale Heat Transfer

Tien, C. L., A. Majumdar, and F. Gerner, eds. *Microscale Energy Transport.* Washington, D.C.: Taylor and Francis, 1997. ISBN: 9781560324591.

Quantum Mechanics

Griffiths, D. J. *Introduction to Quantum Mechanics.* Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1994. ISBN: 9780131244054.

Solid-State Physics

Kittel, C. *Introduction to Solid State Physics.* 7th ed. New York: Wiley, 1996. ISBN: 9780471111818.

Electromagnetism

Born, M., and E. Wolf. *Principle of Optics.* 7th ed. Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 9780521642224.

Electronics

Sze, S. M. *Physics of Semiconductor Devices.* 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1981. ISBN: 9780471056614.

Thermal Physics

Kittel C., and H. Kroemer. *Thermal Physics.* 2nd ed. San Francisco: Freeman and Company, 1980. ISBN 9780716710882.

Kinetic Theory

Vincenti, W. G., and C. H. Kruger, Jr. *Introduction to Physical Gas Dynamics.* Melbourne, FL: Krieger, 1975. ISBN: 9780882753096.