Semi-classical dynamics of nano-electromechanical systems

We investigate the dynamics of a single phonon (oscillator) mode linearly coupled to an electronic few-level system in contact with external particle reservoirs (leads). A stationary electronic current through the system generates non-trivial dynamical behaviour of the oscillator. Using Feynman-Vernon influence functional theory, we derive a Langevin equation for the oscillator trajectory that is non-perturbative in the system-leads coupling and from which we extract effective oscillator potentials and friction coefficients. For the two simplest cases of a single and two coupled electronic levels, we discuss various regimes of the oscillator dynamics.

arXiv:1006.2076 (cond-mat)