Module PH2033

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2010/1

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
WS 2015/6WS 2014/5WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH2033 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2033 in the version of WS 2010/1 was Sebastian Gönnenwein.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module provides an introduction to the various manifestations of magnetism. After a contextual and historical motivation, it begins with an introduction to the fundamental relations describing quantitatively the response of matter in an externally applied magnetic field. It describes the types of magnetism present in isolated atoms or ions and discusses the influence of the crystallographic environment. Afterwards, magnetism originating from the free electrons in a solid are discussed. Additionally, various coupling mechanisms of magnetic moments, collective effects, magnetic ordering and phase transitions are studied.

Learning Outcome

After participation in the Module the student is able to:
1) Evaluate the response of magnetic materials when applying a magnetic field,
2) Evaluate the magnetic properties of isolated ions and atoms,
3) Understand the influence of a crystallographic environment on ions and atoms,
4) Analyze the magnetic properties of free charge carriers in solids,
5) Understand the various coupling mechanisms between magnetic moments,
6) Understand magnetic ordering and phase transistions, and
7) Analyze the results of experimental data with respect to manifestations of magnetism


Keine Vorkenntnisse nötig, die über die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen zum Masterstudium hinausgehen.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 3 Magnetism Althammer, M. Dienstag, 13:30–15:00
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vortrag, Beamerpräsentation, Tafelarbeit, Übungen in Einzel- und Gruppenarbeit


Präsentationsunterlagen, Übungsblätter, begleitende Internetseite, ergänzende Literatur


Textbooks covering the topic magnetism:

  • Neil W. Ashcroft & N. David Mermin: Solid State Physics (Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1976),
  • Stephen Blundell: Magnetism in Condensed Matter, (Oxford University Press, 2001),
  • Konrad Kopitzki: Einführung in die Festkörperphysik, (Teubner,1993),
  • A.H. Morrish: The physical principles of magnetism, (IEEE Press, 2001),
  • Robert C. O'Handley: Modern magnetic materials - principles and applications, (Wiley, 2000),
  • Nicola Spaldin: Magnetic Materials - Fundamentals and Device Applications (Cambridge University Press, 2003),
  • Amikan Aharoni: Introduction to the Theory of Ferromagnetism(Oxford University Press, 2000),
  • W. Nolting: Quantentheorie des Magnetismus I+II (Teubner, 1997),
  • Kei Yosida: Theory of Magnetism (Springer, 1998)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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