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Magnetism in Condensed Matter : Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics - Stephen Blundell

Magnetism in Condensed Matter

Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics


Published: 1st August 2001
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An understanding of the quantum mechanical nature of magnetism has led to the development of new magnetic materials which are used as permanent magnets, sensors, and in information storage. Behind these practical applications lie a range of fundamental ideas, including symmetry breaking, order parameters, excitations, frustration, and reduced dimensionality. This superb new textbook presents a logical account of these ideas, starting from basic concepts in electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. It outlines the origin of magnetic moments in atoms and how these moments can be affected by their local environment inside a crystal. The different types of interactions which can be present between magnetic moments are described. The final chapters of the book are devoted to the magnetic properties of metals, and to the complex behaviour which can occur when competing magnetic interactions are present and/or the system has a reduced dimensionality. Throughout the text, the theoretical principles are applied to real systems. There is substantial discussion of experimental techniques and current research topics. The book is copiously illustrated and contains detailed appendices which cover the fundamental principles

"I know of no other book that covers so much material at the advanced undergraduate level and strongly recommend it " * Prof. Peter Riedi, University of St Andrews *

1: Introduction 2: Isolated magnetic moments 3: Environments 4: Interactions 5: Order and magnetic structures 6: Order and broken symmetry 7: Magnetism in metals 8: Competing interactions and low dimensionality Appendix A: Units in electromagnetism Appendix B: Electromagnetism Appendix C: Quantum and atomic physics Appendix D: Energy in magnetism and demagnetism Appendix E: Statistical mechanics Appendix F: List of symbols Index

ISBN: 9780198505921
ISBN-10: 0198505922
Series: Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 19.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.61