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Electronic Correlations and Magnetism

Module PH2186

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

PH2186 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
300 h 110 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2186 is Christian Pfleiderer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This modul provides an introduction to the physics of strong electronic correlations in magnetic materials. Following a topical and historic motivation standard methods used to account for strong correlations in electronic systems are reviewed. The major part of the module is dedicated to magnetic materials. This concerns the statistical properties of non-interacting and interacting magnetic moments, phase transitions and ordering phenomena as well as the associated dynamical and topological properties.

Learning Outcome

The sucessful student of this modul has obtained basic knowledge of (1) the description of strong electronic correlations, (2) the magnetic properties of solids, (3) the dynamical and topological properties of magnetic materials, (4) the experimental methods used to study magnetic materials, and (5) recent highlights in this area.


There are no further requirements. 

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 6 Electronic Correlations and Magnetism Pfleiderer, C. Tue, 10:00–12:00, PH II 227
Thu, 10:00–12:00, PH II 127

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures with a presenter (copies of written notes will be made available), excercise classes, discussion


written notes as presented in the lecture, problem sheets, complementary literature


Standard text books on magnetism and solid state physics, such as: R.M. White, Quantum Theory of Magnetism, Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences vol 32; S. Blundell, Magnetism in Condensed Matter, Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics; Kei Yosida, Theory of Magnetism, Springer Series in Solid-State Science vol 122; P.M. Chaikin & T.C. Lubensky, Principles of Condensed Matter Physics, Cambridge University Press; 24. IFF-Ferienkurs, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Magnetismus von Festkörpern und Grenzflächen, ISBN 3-89336-110-3; R.M. White and T.H. Geballe, Long Range Order in Solids, Academic Press, New York; D. Foster, Hydrodynamic Fluctuations, Broken Symmetry, and Correlation Functions; W. A. Benjamin Inc.; P. Fulde, Electron Correlations in Molecules and Solids, Springer Series in Solid-State Science vol 100; P. Fazekas, Electron Correlation and Magnetism, World Scientific, Singapore; J. Singleton, Band Theory and Electronic Properties, Oxford Master Series, Oxford University Press. 

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 90 minutes.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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