Physics and Technics of Magnetic Measurement Methods

Module PH2107

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.

Basic Information

PH2107 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered in summer 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 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2107 is Marc Wilde.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In this module, an overview over the physics and technology of modern magnetic measurement techniques is given. After an introduction to the basics of magnetism and the generation of magnetic fields in the laboratory, different magnetic measurement techniques are introduced in context with relevant scientific questions. These questions address the experimental determination of, e.g., Fermi surfaces using torque magnetometry, domain structures in magnetic recording media using Magnetic Force Microscopy, magnetization dynamics using the magneto-optical Kerr effect or the arrangement of atomic magnetic moments on solid-state surfaces detected by spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy. The underlying physical principles and the technological realizations of the measurement methods are highlighted. The physics of the magnetic phenonema under investigation as well as the physics of the relevant measurement technique are discussed with a focus on the basic physical aspects in this area of experimental physics. Current scientific developments in these topical area are considered in this module.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in this module the student is able to:

  1. understand and explain different concepts of magnetic systems and the effects of magnetic fields on different solid-state systems;
  2. understand and explain the physical aspects of magnetic measurement techniques, in particular the interaction between measurement object and sensor;
  3. describe and explain the technical implementation of different magnetic measurement techniques;
  4. judge the spatial and temporal resolution capability of magnetic measurement techniques.;
  5. select and to sketch experimental setups relevant for the investigation of physical questions in magnetism;
  6. name the different time- and length scales relevant to magnetic phenomena;
  7. describe the consequences of band structure effects and dimensionality of a solid state system for its magnetic properties
  8. develop a scientific theme with guidance, to create a presentation and to give a talk as well as to judge presentation techniques and to apply them.


Approval for the master courses.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture, beamer presentation, board work, lab tours


lecture script, accompanying internet site, complementary literature


  1. Kronmüller H., Parkin S.S.P. (Eds.): Handbook of Magnetism and Advanced Magnetic Materials, Vols. 1-5 (Wiley, Chichester, 2007)
  2. Getzlaff, Matthias: Fundamentals of Magnetism (Springer Verlag, 2008)
  3. Zhu, Yimei: Modern techniques for characterizing magnetic materials (Springer New York, 2005)
  4. Ashcroft, Mermin: Solid State Physics (Saunders, 1988)

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. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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