Ab initio GW electron-electron interaction effects in quantum transport

Pierre Darancet*, Andrea Ferretti, Didier Mayou, Valerio Olevano

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We present an ab initio approach to electronic transport in nanoscale systems which includes electronic correlations through the GW approximation. With respect to Landauer approaches based on density-functional theory (DFT), we introduce a physical quasiparticle electronic structure into a nonequilibrium Green's function theory framework. We use an equilibrium non-self-consistent G0 W0 self-energy considering both full non-Hermiticity and dynamical effects. The method is applied to a real system, a gold monoatomic chain. With respect to DFT results, the conductance profile is modified and reduced by the introduction of diffusion and loss-of-coherence effects. The linear response conductance characteristics appear to be in agreement with experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075102
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 7 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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