Branislav K. Nikolic

234 Sharp Lab
(302) 831-2943

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Center for Spintronics and Biodetection

RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, Japan


Research Projects

  • Spintronics: spin Hall effect, spin pumping, magnetic tunnel junctions, and spin decoherence.
  • Nanoelectronics: graphene nanoribbon devices, shot noise, biosensors.
  • Thermoelectrics: single-molecule nanojunctions.
  • Condensed Matter Theory: correlated electron systems far from equilibrium, topological insulators.
  • Computational Physics: quantum transport algorithms.

Notable Publications

  • K. K. Saha, B. K. Nikolic, V. Meunier, W. Lu, and J. Bernholc, "Quantum-interference-controlled three-terminal molecular transistors based on single ring-shaped-molecule connected to graphene nanoribbon electrodes", Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 236803 (2010).
  • D. A. Areshkin and B. K. Nikolic, "Electron density and transport in top-gated graphene nanoribbon devices: First principles Green function algorithms for systems containing large number of atoms", Phys. Rev. B 81, 155450 (2010).
  • F. Mahfouzi, B. K. Nikolic, S.-H. Chen, and C.-R. Chang, "Microwave-driven ferromagnet--topological-insulator heterostructures: The prospect for giant spin battery effect and quantized charge pump devices", Phys. Rev. B 82, 195440 (2010).
  • S. Souma and B. K. Nikolic, "Spin Hall current driven by quantum interferences in mesoscopic Rashba rings," Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 106602 (2005).
  • B. K. Nikolic, L. P. Zarbo, and S. Souma, "Mesoscopic spin Hall effect in multiprobe ballistic spin-orbit-coupled semiconductor bridges", Phys. Rev. B 72, 075361 (2005).
  • B. K. Nikolic, L. P. Zarbo, and S. Souma, "Spin currents in semiconductor nanostructures: A nonequilibrium Green function approach," Chapter 24, page 814–866 in Volume I of "The Oxford Handbook on Nanoscience and Technology: Frontiers and Advances," Eds. A. V. Narlikar and Y. Y. Fu (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010); also available as arXiv:0907.4122.
  • B. K. Nikolic and R. L. Dragomirova, "What can we learn about the dynamics of transported spins by measuring shot noise in spin-orbit-coupled nanostructures?," Semicond. Sci. Tech. 24, 064006 (2009), review article for the special issue on "The effcts of spin-orbit interaction on charge transport."
  • J. K. Freericks, B. K. Nikolic, and P. Miller, "Optimizing the speed of a Josephson junction with dynamical mean-field theory", Int. J. Mod. Phys. B 16, 531 (2002). [review article]