Mesoscopic Physics of Electrons and Photons

E. Akkermans and G. Montambaux

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Quantum mesoscopic physics covers a whole class of interference effects related to the propagation of waves in complex and random media. These effects are ubiquitous in physics, from the behavior of electrons in metals and semiconductors to the propagation of electromagnetic waves in suspensions such as colloids, and quantum systems like cold atomic gases. This book is a modern account of the problem of coherent wave propagation in random media.

As a solid introduction to quantum mesoscopic physics, this book provides a unified overview of the basic theoretical tools and methods. It highlights the common aspects of the various optical and electronic phenomena involved. With over 200 figures, and exercises throughout, the book is ideal for graduate students in physics, electrical engineering, optics, acoustics, and astrophysics. It presents a large number of experimentalresults that cover a wide range of phenomena from semiconductors to optics, acoustics, and atomic physics. It will also be an important reference for researchers in this rapidly evolving field.

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