Classical Theory of Paramagnetism Langevin’s theory of Para magnetism: (a) In natural conditions (in the absence of external magnetic field) Net dipole moment . diamagnets, that is the susceptibility, is according to the classical Langevin theory of describe than ferromagnetism and good theories of paramagnetism have. Langevin’s Theory of Diamagnetism, Langevin’s Theory of Paramagnetism, Langevin’s Function, Saturation value of Magnetization, Curie’s Law.

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Since the Fermi level must be identical oaramagnetism both bands, this means that there will be a small surplus of the type of spin in the band that moved downwards. Both description are given below.

Langevin's Theory of Paramagnetism

When a magnetic field is applied, the dipoles will tend to llangevin with the applied field, resulting in a net magnetic moment in the direction of the applied field. Hydrogen is therefore diamagnetic and the same holds true for many other elements. Ferrofluids are a good example, but the phenomenon can also occur inside solids, e. The quenching tendency is weakest for f-electrons because f especially 4 f orbitals are radially contracted and they overlap only weakly with orbitals on adjacent atoms.

Paramagnetic materials include aluminiumoxygentitaniumand iron oxide FeO. Paramagnetism is due to the presence of unpaired electrons in the material, so all atoms with incompletely filled atomic orbitals are paramagnetic. Additionally, this formulas may break down for confined systems that differ from the bulk, like quantum dotsor for high fields, as demonstrated in the de Haas-van Alphen effect.

The magnetic moment induced by the applied field is oangevin in the field strength and rather weak. If there is sufficient energy exchange between neighbouring dipoles, they will interact, and may spontaneously align or anti-align and form magnetic domains, resulting in ferromagnetism permanent magnets or antiferromagnetismrespectively. In other transition metal complexes this yields a useful, if somewhat cruder, estimate.


These materials are known as superparamagnets. Conductivity can be understood in a band structure picture as pzramagnetism from the incomplete filling of energy bands. The unpaired spins reside in orbitals derived from oxygen p wave functions, but the overlap is limited to the one neighbor in the O 2 molecules.

For these materials one contribution to the magnetic response comes from the interaction with the electron spins and the magnetic labgevin known as Pauli paramagnetism. Retrieved from ” https: An external magnetic field causes the electrons’ spins to align parallel to the field, causing a net attraction.


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For low levels of magnetization, the magnetization of paramagnets follows what is known as Curie’s lawat least approximately. In the classical description, this alignment can be understood to occur due to a torque being provided on the magnetic moments by an applied field, which tries to align the dipoles parallel to the applied field. They lanevin also called mictomagnets. This is why s- and p-type metals are typically either Pauli-paramagnetic or as in the case of gold even diamagnetic.

The Bohr—van Leeuwen theorem proves that there cannot be any diamagnetism or paramagnetism in a purely classical system. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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Moreover, the size of the magnetic moment on a lanthanide atom can be quite large as it can carry up to 7 unpaired electrons in the case of gadolinium III hence its use in MRI. It typically requires a sensitive analytical balance to detect the effect and modern measurements on paramagnetic materials are often conducted with a SQUID magnetometer.

Each atom has one non-interacting unpaired electron. In the latter case the diamagnetic contribution from the closed shell inner electrons simply wins over the weak paramagnetic paramagnetusm of the almost free electrons.

Some paramsgnetism show induced magnetic behavior that follows a Curie type law but with exceptionally large values for the Curie constants. The attraction experienced by ferromagnetic materials is non-linear and much stronger, so that it is easily observed, for instance, in the attraction between a refrigerator magnet and the iron of the refrigerator itself.

The high magnetic moments associated with lanthanides is one reason why superstrong magnets are typically based on elements lanhevin neodymium or samarium.

In pure paramagnetism, the dipoles do not interact with one another and are randomly oriented in thwory absence of an external field due to thermal agitation, resulting in zero net magnetic moment. Stronger magnetic effects are typically only observed when d or f electrons are involved.

Langevin theory of paramagnetism

Particularly the latter are usually strongly localized. In that case the Curie-point is seen as a phase transition between a ferromagnet and a ‘paramagnet’. If we apply a magnetic field along what we choose to call the z-axis, the energy levels of each paramagnetic center will experience Zeeman splitting of its energy levels, each with a z -component labeled by M J or just M S for the spin-only magnetic case.


They do not follow a Curie type law as function of temperature however, often they are more or less temperature independent. The element hydrogen is virtually never called ‘paramagnetic’ because the monatomic gas is stable only at extremely high temperature; H atoms combine to form molecular H 2 and in so doing, the magnetic moments are lost quenchedbecause of theor spins pair.

Randomness of the structure also applies to the many metals that show a net paramagnetic response over a broad temperature range. Pauli paramagnetism is named after the physicist Wolfgang Pauli. At these temperatures, the available thermal energy simply overcomes the interaction energy between the spins.

If one subband is preferentially filled over the other, one can have itinerant ferromagnetic order. This fraction is proportional to the field strength and this explains the linear dependency. The Pauli paramagnetic susceptibility is a macroscopic effect and has to be contrasted with Landau diamagnetic susceptibility which is equal to minus one third of Pauli’s and also comes from delocalized electrons. The latter could be said about a gas of lithium atoms but these already possess two paired core electrons that produce a diamagnetic response of opposite sign.

Molecular structure can also lead to localization of electrons. An additional complication is that the interactions are often different in different directions of the crystalline lattice anisotropyleading to complicated magnetic structures once ordered.

Although the electronic configuration of the individual atoms and ions of most elements contain unpaired spins, they are not necessarily paramagnetic, because at ambient temperature quenching is very much the rule rather than the exception. Some paramagnetic materials retain spin disorder even at absolute zeromeaning they are paramagnetic in the ground statei.

Molecular oxygen is a good example. When a magnetic field is applied, the conduction band splits apart into a spin-up and a spin-down band due to the difference in magnetic potential energy for spin-up and spin-down electrons.

For some alkali metals and noble metals, conductions electrons are weakly interacting and delocalized in space forming a Fermi gas. Due to their spinunpaired electrons have a magnetic dipole moment and act like tiny magnets.