Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorAngusMacKinnon

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Visiting Professor



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author = {Ridley, M and MacKinnon, A and Kantorovich, L},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.95.165440},
journal = {Physical Review. B},
title = {Partition-free theory of time-dependent current correlations in nanojunctions in response to an arbitrary time-dependent bias},
url = {},
volume = {95},
year = {2017}

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AB - Working within the nonequilibrium Green’s function formalism, a formula for the two-time current correlationfunction is derived for the case of transport through a nanojunction in response to an arbitrary time-dependentbias. The one-particle Hamiltonian and the wide-band limit approximation are assumed, enabling us to extract allnecessary Green’s functions and self-energies for the system, extending the analytic work presented previously[Ridleyet al.,Phys. Rev. B91,125433(2015)]. We show that our expression for the two-time correlationfunction generalizes the Büttiker theory of shot and thermal noise on the current through a nanojunction to thetime-dependent bias case including the transient regime following the switch-on. Transient terms in the correlationfunction arise from an initial state that does not assume (as is usually done) that the system is initially uncoupled,i.e., our approach is partition free. We show that when the bias loses its time dependence, the long-time limit ofthe current correlation function depends on the time difference only, as in this case an ideal steady state is reached.This enables derivation of known results for the single-frequency power spectrum and for the zero-frequencylimit of this power spectrum. In addition, we present a technique which facilitates fast calculations of the transientquantum noise, valid for arbitrary temperature, time, and voltage scales. We apply this formalism to a molecularwire system for both dc and ac biases, and find a signature of the traversal time for electrons crossing the wire inthe time-dependent cross-lead current correlations.
AU - Ridley,M
AU - MacKinnon,A
AU - Kantorovich,L
DO - 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.165440
PY - 2017///
SN - 0163-1829
TI - Partition-free theory of time-dependent current correlations in nanojunctions in response to an arbitrary time-dependent bias
T2 - Physical Review. B
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VL - 95
ER -