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Admission Requirements Quantum Theory a; Statistical Physics a


The course gives an introduction into theory and applications of magnetism.Fundamental concepts are the origin of magnetic moments in solids, the influence of the local environment, magnetic ordering phenomena and the role of dipole and exchange interactions. Important subjects from an application perspective are magnetic domain formation and spin-dependent phenomena such as giant magnetoresistance.

Course Objectives

Provide the student with a working knowledge of magnetism from an experimental point of view, both with respect to the mathematical framework and with respect to numbers and scales involved in magnetic phenomena. Enable the student to explain basic concepts in the form of presentations, and prepare the student for reading modern research literature..


Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lectures, presentations, homework

Course load

3 EC = 84 uur
Lectures: 6 × 2 = 12 hours
Assessment:3 hours
Self-study: 69 hours (including homework and preparation for presentation assigments)

Assessment method

Written exam with closed questions (75 %), in-class presentations (25 %).


Yes, for all communication, and distribution of assignments and reading material
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Reading list

Magnetism in Condensed Matter (Stephen Blundell, Oxford Master Series in Condensed matter Physics)
ISBN 0 19 850591 4 (PBk)

Contact information:



The course will be given in a ‘flipped classroom format’, which request students to prepare material in advance for in-class discussions.