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PH30078: Magnetism

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Physics
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must (take PH10006 or take PH10051) and (take PH20013 or take PH20060) and (take PH20017 or take PH20063) and (take PH20029 or take PH20067)
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to explain the basic properties of magnetism, and illustrate contemporary applications of related phenomena.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* demonstrate a basic understanding of the origin and types of magnetic order;
* describe and explain the origins of magnetic microstructure;
* explain the magnetisation process and hysteresis;
* describe magneto-optical effects and how magnetism impacts upon transport properties.

Numeracy T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A.

Microscopic origins of magnetism. Magnetic ordering; para-, ferro-, anti-ferro and ferri- magnetism. Itinerant magnetism. The exchange interaction. Heisenberg model. Demagnetising fields and crystalline anisotropy. Domains and magnetic microstructure. M-H hysteresis curves; coercivity, soft and hard magnetic materials. Dynamic effects: magnetization reversal, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, spin resonance. Thin film magnetism. Magneto-optical phenomena; Kerr effect and applications. Magnetoelectronics and spintronics; spin valves, GMR, applications. Contemporary applications of magnetism.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PH30078 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences Department of Physics
  • USXX-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
  • USXX-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USXX-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
  • USXX-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USXX-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Physics (Year 3)
  • USPH-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USPH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AFB09 : BSc Physics (Year 3)
  • USPH-AFM02 : MPhys(Hons) Physics (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 4)
  • USPH-AKM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AFM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Research placement (Year 3)
  • USPH-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Computing (Year 3)
  • USPH-AAB06 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Computing with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USPH-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Computing with Year long work placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.