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 2017/8
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
|available module versions|
|WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||WS 2016/7||WS 2015/6||WS 2014/5||WS 2010/1|
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.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||45 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2033 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Mathias Weiler.
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.
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
No previous knowledge necessary (other than admission prerequisites for the master course)
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
Wed, 16:00–18:00, PH HS2
|UE||1||Exercise to Magnetism||Althammer, M.||dates in groups|
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lecture, presentation, excercises (single and group work)
presentation slides, excercise sheets, internet resources, literature
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)
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.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.