138.033 Magnetism
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to comprehend and to actively communicate the contents of the lecture which are the basic measurement techniques for magnetic materials as well as fundamental theoretical models as e.g. exchange interactions, molecular field models of antiferro-, ferri- and ferromagnetism, as well as the Stoner-Wohlfarth model of itinerant magnetism and Landau theory of second order ferromagnetic phase transitions (extended with magneto-volume-coupling), and to apply these theoretical models to specific experimental results obtained from magnetic measurements.

Subject of course

Overview of magnetic phenomena: Dia- and paramagnetism, Curie Weiss law: Magnetic measurements: Faraday balance, induction methods, SQUID: Spontaneous ordered systems mean field approximation ferro- ferri- and antiferromagnetism: Crystal field effects in rare earth magnetic materials; Band magnetism, Stoner Wohlfarth model, Landau theory for 2dn order phase transitions; Anisotropy, relativistic effects; microscopic measurement techniques (using neutrons and muons); functional magnets and material sustainability

Teaching methods

Chapters are explained by means of powerpoint presentations and supplementary lecture notes and finally discussed with the students.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The schedule for SS2020 is included at "Documents"

The lecture starts at March 5th, 2020, 13.00

All consecutive lectures: Thursday, 13.00-14.30



Course dates

Tue12:00 - 13:0003.03.2020FH Hörsaal 6 Vorbesprechung: Michor/Khmelevskyi
Wed14:30 - 16:0011.03.2020Sem.R. DC rot 07 Michor/Khmelevskyi

Examination modalities

oral exam at the end of the term or further along the line on appointment. Estimated duration: 20 minutes

Course registration

Not necessary



Lecture notes for this course are available.

Previous knowledge

Material science, solid state physics 1, quantum physics 1 (ideallly Bac. Physik)


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