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The Electron Glass by A. Frydman, M. Ortuño, M. Pollak

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9

Open issues

The previous chapters described the unusual electronic phenomena brought about by disorder and interaction and how they can be understood at least qualitatively. To conclude this book, a number of open questions and possible future research directions are addressed. These demonstrate that the field of electron glass is far from being closed and that some of its major issues are not understood or are under debate. First and foremost, there exists no statistical or thermodynamic theory of nonergodic systems, and for that reason there is no full understanding of any glasses – less so of quantum glasses such as is the electron glass. Indeed, the purpose of this book is to present a comprehensive review of the current state of the ...

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