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Quantum Physics in One Dimension$
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Thierry Giamarchi

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525004.001.0001

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DISORDERED SYSTEMS

DISORDERED SYSTEMS

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(p.270) 9 DISORDERED SYSTEMS
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Quantum Physics in One Dimension
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Thierry Giamarchi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525004.003.0009

This chapter discusses the effects of disorder in fermionic systems, including Anderson localization. There are important differences for the disorder effects between the one-dimensional world, where localization occurs because electrons bump back and forth between impurities, and the higher dimensional world, where Anderson's localization is a rather subtle interference mechanism. The discussion looks at one-dimensional electrons subject to weak and dense impurities, in which the disorder can be replaced by its Gaussian limit. The application of disordered systems to quantum wires, one of the ultimate weapons to study individual one-dimensional systems, is considered.

Keywords:   disordered systems, fermionic systems, fermions, Anderson localization, quantum wires, one-dimensional systems, collective pinning, individual pinning, quantum impurities

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