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Phys Rev Lett. 2003 Jan 10;90(1):016402. Epub 2003 Jan 9.

Glassy behavior of electrons near metal-insulator transitions.

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Department of Physics and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306, USA.


The emergence of glassy behavior of electrons is investigated for systems close to disorder-driven and interaction-driven metal-insulator transitions. Our results indicate that Anderson localization effects strongly stabilize such glassy behavior, while Mott localization tends to suppress it. We predict the emergence of an intermediate metallic glassy phase separating the insulator from the normal metal. This effect is expected to be most pronounced for sufficiently disordered systems, in agreement with recent experimental observations.

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