I find Anderson's original paper too terse. I am looking for something that introduces me gently to the subject so that I can understand Anderson's paper and other literature. What references are out there that introduce Anderson localization? Anything will work for me: lecture notes, review papers, introductory papers ...


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I do not know much about books on Anderson localization but there was a conference some time ago celebrating the $50$ years on the proposal by Anderson in which you can find many useful references. The list is here.

I can recommend you the course by van Tiggelen. He's quite an expert in this subject and Les Houches lectures tend to be very pedagogical.

There is also a book with the same title than the workshop but a bit more recent:

$50$ years of Anderson localization, E. Abrahams

The first chapter is written by P. W. Anderson himself.

  • $\begingroup$ I am reading something called "Localization of waves" by van Tiggelen. Are these the lectures? I have to say they seem more like a review than an introduction to the subject. It's full of references, which is good, but I was looking for something more like an introduction, textbook style. $\endgroup$
    – a06e
    Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 23:19
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I was refering to that ones. Perhaps, although is not specific to Anderson localization but closely related you can have a look to Mesoscopic Physics of Electrons and Photons or the books in the references below. $\endgroup$
    – Dani
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 19:00

In addition to what has already been said I would add:

  1. The original paper is at this point historical; you are right to look for other sources.

  2. You should also read about weak localization and coherent backscattering which are closely related.

  3. A good reference is Chapter 5 of the 1st edition Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Systems by S. Datta.


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