Solid State Physics

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Lecture 18: Paramagnetism and Diamagnetism

Magnetic moments in a solid come from the electronic spin, and also its orbital angular momentum. We review how the orbital angular momentum contributes to the magnetic moment. We also use Atom in a Box by Dauger Research to show how this net angular momentum can arise from adding, say, p orbitals together in the right way.

We also show how diamagnetism arises from atomic cores. Every material is weakly diamagnetic (meaning it resists having a magnetic field penetrate) due to screening currents which come from the atomic cores.

Lecture Audio.

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