Anderson localization

An·​der·​son localization | \ ˈan-dər-sən- How to pronounce Anderson localization (audio) \

Definition of Anderson localization

: the tendency of electrons to prefer certain pathways through an impure conductor due to quantum mechanical properties It is an amusing paradox that this ideal behavior occurs only in imperfect samples. That’s because disorder produces Anderson localization of quasiparticles, preventing them from contributing to the transport properties.— Steven M. Girvin, Physics Today, June 2000

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First Known Use of Anderson localization

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anderson localization

after Philip Warren Anderson *1923 U.S. physicist

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“Anderson localization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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