2023-2024 / PHYS3023-1

Physics of magnetic materials


20h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in physics, research focus (FAME+)4 crédits 
 Master in chemistry (120 ECTS) (AMIS)4 crédits 
 Master in chemistry (120 ECTS) (FAME AIS)4 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS) (AMIS)4 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS) (FAME-AIS)4 crédits 
 Master in physics (60 ECTS) (Registrations are closed)4 crédits 
 Advanced Master in Nanotechnologies4 crédits 


Eric Bousquet

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This lecture aims at introducing the quantum theory of magnetism in solids.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

- History of magnetism and magnetostatics
- Electronic and atomic magnetism
- Exchange, super-exchange and double exchange interactions
- Ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism and ferrimagnetism
- Crystal field and magnetic anisotropy
- Weak ferromagnetism and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction
- Heisenberg model
- Magnetic materials and applications
- Finite size effects
The student will learn about the microscopic origin of magnetim in crystals.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basics in solid-state physics and quantum mechanics are required to follow the lecture.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

20h lectures and 10h exercices (black board and slides)

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Magnetism and magnetic materials, J. M. D. Coey, Cambridge University Press (good introduction).
Electron correlation and magnetism, P. Fazekas, World Scientific (advanced).

Oral examination (videoconferencing if mandatory)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The lecture will involve numrecial labs for practical applications of the theory seen in the lecture (Jupyter notebooks).


Eric Bousquet Institut de Physique, B5a (bureau 3/3) Allée du 6 Août, 19 B-4000 Sart Tilman
Tel: 0032 (0)4 366 25 85 email: eric.bousquet@uliege.be

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