Andreev reflection


An·​dre·​ev reflection än-ˈdrā-əf- How to pronounce Andreev reflection (audio)
: the reflection of electrons that occurs at a border between a semiconductor and a superconductor
Rather what may mediate the superconductivity are multiple Andreev reflections, a phenomenon the existence of which Aleksander F. Andreev of the Institute for Physical Problems in Moscow proposed in 1964.Philip Yam, Scientific American, February 1994

called also Andreev scattering

Word History


after Aleksandr Fëdorovich Andreev born 1939 Russian physicist

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Andreev reflection was in 1985

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“Andreev reflection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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