Anderson localization

noun An·der·son localization \ˈan-dər-sən-\

Definition of Anderson localization


  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of anderson localization

after Philip Warren Anderson *1923 U.S. physicist

First Known Use: 1971

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