Random-matrix theory of quantum transport

  title={Random-matrix theory of quantum transport},
  author={C. W. J. Beenakker},
  journal={Reviews of Modern Physics},
  • C. Beenakker
  • Published 19 December 1996
  • Physics
  • Reviews of Modern Physics
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