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On the other hand, deviations from self-averaging are observed in systems of sizes smaller than Lφ because of the underlying phase coherence. The study of these deviations is one of the main goals of mesoscopic physics. Consider the particularly important example of ﬂuctuations in the electrical conductance of a weakly disordered metal (Chapter 11). 9) where δG = G − G. 9), we deduce that δG 2 ∝ Ld −4 . For d ≤ 3, the ﬂuctuations go to zero in the large scale limit, and the system is said to be self-averaging.
7) where c2 = 1/( µ0 ). The term ∇ · E represents the polarization charge density, and it has no analog in electronic systems. The term proportional to δ (r) gives rise to scattered waves. 1 that it is possible to decouple the effects of polarization and disorder. Leaving aside polarization effects discussed in detail in Chapters 6 and 8, we consider the case of a scalar wave. 8) where µ(r) = δ (r)/ represents the relative ﬂuctuation of the dielectric constant, and √ where k0 = nω/c·n is the average optical index / 0 .
The crossing is described by a short range function which decays exponentially on a scale of order le , and preserves the phase coherence between paired trajectories. We may thus consider the problem of evaluating different physical quantities as a “construction game” which consists in building a diagrammatic representation which facilitates the calculation. The building blocks in this “game” are the Diffusons, Cooperons, and quantum crossings (Hikami boxes). 17. We will see that the rules of construction are very precise.