STP Textbook Chapter 5: Magnetic Systems Documents

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Chapter 5: Magnetic Systems 

written by Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik

We apply the general formalism of statistical mechanics developed in Chapter 4 to the Ising model, a model magnetic system for which the interactions between the magnetic moments are important. We will discover that these interactions lead to a wide range of phenomena, including the existence of phase transitions and other cooperative phenomena. Computer simulation methods will be used extensively and a simple approximation method known as mean-field theory will be introduced. The simulations can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, STP, or Statistical and Thermal Physics.

Published March 5, 2008
Last Modified May 10, 2012

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