Anderson orthogonality theorem

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The Anderson orthogonality theorem is a theorem in physics by the physicist P. W. Anderson.

It relates to the introduction of a magnetic impurity in a metal. When a magnetic impurity is introduced into a metal, the conduction electrons will tend to screen the potential V(r) that the impurity creates. The N-electron ground state for the system when V(r) = 0, which corresponds to the absence of the impurity and V(r) \neq 0, which corresponds to the introduction of the impurity are orthogonal.

References[edit]

  • P.W. Anderson, Phys. Rev. Lett., 18, (1967) 1049
  • P.W. Anderson, Phys. Rev, 164, (1967) 352