Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Altshuler, Boris L.
Location Columbia University
Primary Field Applied Physical Sciences
Secondary Field Physics
 Election Citation
Altshuler is a founder of the quantum theory of condensed matter physics. He substantially developed our knowledge of the effects of quantum interference, disorder, and the interactions between electrons on the properties of bulk, low-dimensional, and finite-sized conductors. More recently, he has pursued the theory of nonequilibrium and metastable states of quantum systems.
 Research Interests
My scientific interests are mostly in the field of quantum theory of condensed matter physics. For a long while I worked to improve the theoretical understanding of the effects of disorder and interactions between electrons on the properties of bulk and low-dimensional and finite-size conductors. Although a number of physical phenomena were predicted and understood as an interplay between the interaction of quantum particles with an external potential and with one another, there is still a lot to understand theoretically. We still have to substantially improve our description of the destruction of the phase coherence in disordered conductors by electron-electron interactions and the effects of disorder on strongly correlated electronic systems. Recently I have been working on the theory of nonequilibrium and metastable states of quantum systems. From a more general perspective I am interested in the fields that are connected with the interaction and disorder in quantum systems: quantum chaos, nanoscience, quantum field theory, and quantum information.

 
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