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Branislav K. Nikolic
Professor
Contact Info
Office
234 Sharp Lab
Phone
(302) 831-2943

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.

Current Research

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]