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Localization effects in disordered systems

  • Dieter Vollhardt
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Part of the Advances in Solid State Physics book series (ASSP, volume 27)

Abstract

The basic concepts involved in the physics of localization in disordered systems are discussed on an elementary level. In the case of weak disorder localization effects may be understood as a coherent wave phenomenon. Initially developed to describe electronic transport in disordered metals, localization theory has now found wide application in other areas related to disordered systems. The article is intended to explain how and why localization has recently experienced such an explosive growth. We discuss localization effects in the propagation of various wave-like quantities, quantum oscillations in different geometries (hollow cylinders, networks, rings), the developments concerning mesoscopic systems, as well as the effects of universal fluctuations in such systems. An extensive list of references is given.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dieter Vollhardt
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  1. 1.Werner-Heisenberg-Institut für PhysikMax-Planck-Institut für Physik und AstrophysikMünchen 40Federal Republic of Germany

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