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Conductor-Insulator Quantum Phase Transitions
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Conductor-Insulator Quantum Phase Transitions

Vladimir Dobrosavljevic, Nandini Trivedi, and James M. Valles, Jr.


Quantum phase transitions describe the violent rearrangement of electrons or atoms as they evolve from well defined excitations in one phase to a completely different set of excitations in another. The book chapters give insights into how a coherent metallic or superconducting state can be driven into an incoherent insulating state by increasing disorder, magnetic field, carrier concentration and inter-electron interactions. They illustrate the primary methods employed to develop a multi-faceted theory of many interacting particle systems. They describe how recent experiments probing the micro ... More

Keywords: metal-insulator transition, superconductor-insulator transition, quantum phase transition, Anderson localization, Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer, strong correlations, disorder

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vladimir Dobrosavljevic, editor
Department of Physics and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University

Nandini Trivedi, editor
Department of Physics, Ohio State University

James M. Valles, Jr., editor
Department of Physics, Brown University

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Part I Metal-Insulator Transitions

Part II Superconductor-Insulator Transitions: Present Status and Open Questions