The metal-insulator transition in a disordered system is described in terms of a divergence of the dielectric constant of the insulating phase (polarization catastrophe). The results of optical measurements are compared with theory within the framework of a scaling picture of the transition. Also described are recent theoretical and experimental developments regarding the role played by the low- frequency hopping modes that are characteristic of the disordered system, in the description of the transition.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Philosophical Magazine B: Physics of Condensed Matter; Statistical Mechanics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1984|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)