It is shown that, for noninteracting electron systems, annealed magnetic disorder leads to a new mechanism, and a new universality class, for a metal-insulator transition. The transition is driven by a vanishing of the thermodynamic density susceptibility rather than by localization effects. The critical behavior in d = 2 + ∈ dimensions is determined, and the underlying physics is discussed. It is further argued that annealed magnetic disorder, in addition to underlying quenched disorder, describes local magnetic moments in electronic systems.
D. Belitz et al., "Annealed Disorder, Rare Regions, and Local Moments: A Novel Mechanism for Metal-Insulator Transitions," Physical Review Letters, vol. 84, no. 22, pp. 5176 - 5179, American Physical Society (APS), May 2000.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.5176
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